90 percent of Indian parents suck at parenting

Here is a shocking statistic from the NFHS4 (National Family Health Survey) –

“Only 11.6% children (breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding) of 6-23 months of age receive an adequate diet.”

Going further

“The combination of high stunting, wasting and poor IYCF (Infant and young child feeding) stem from multiple deprivations and chronic malnutrition continues to be the dominant epidemiological concern”

Let’s rephrase the first sentence to say the truth plainly –

“India is a country where about 90 percent of the children under the age of 2 do not receive proper food or nourishment.” Jai Hind. Mera Bharat Mahaan. Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Shameful! Chulloo bhar paani mein doob maro. That’s for the people whose chest swells with pride when we speak of our country.

For the others, there is no shame. It is sadness. It is helplessness. It’s a desire to set it right. And a sense of urgency to act.

Where are we going wrong? Why are we allowing this mammoth tragedy to continue? What needs to be done to solve this?

Conditions like stunting, if not checked and reversed by the time the child is about 2 years old, tend to be a lifelong, irreversible problem.

Why are we condemning an entire future generation this way? Where are our priorities? Why is not 20 percent of the union budget (and not less than 1%) allocated to child and maternal health? Is this not the single biggest issue that faces us?

Read more here – and cry – https://indianpediatrics.net/aug2018/653.pdf


Unintended pregnancies and abortion law

An amazing statistic from Dr Malhotra in this article –

48 percent of all pregnancies in India are “unintended” pregnancies.

I also find the use of the word “unintended” fascinating. Is it the same as “unplanned”? I think not. Is it the same as “unwanted”? Again I think not.

There is published information elsewhere that  half of the children in India are victims of sexual abuse.

If I correlate these two statistics, I assume it follows that a significant percentage of the unintended pregnancies are a result of sexual abuse outside of wedlock. And a very large number of the mothers are children/teenagers.

This lends a lot of gravity to Dr Jaideep Malhotra’s views. The abortion law must be changed as she says.

20 weeks is too short a time and does not deliver justice to these young victims who should not be and do not want to be mothers. This is not just an issue of justice or gender justice. This is also about child rights.

Referenced articles –

One in two children in india are victims of sexual abuse

A Law Past Its Sell-by Date