The responsibility of youth towards orphans
Orphan, is a small word. But it means something big and important in our society. The word orphan represents a child who has lost his parents, either by death of his parents or by being abandoned by them. These children live in orphanage and a few lucky ones are adopted by someone. Nobody cares for the orphaned children and there are only very few who grow up into good adults. But mostly they grow up into criminals in the society. And they become a problem for the society.
A shocking truth is most orphans are children who have been abandoned by their parents for some reason. It may be due to poverty or a child born through illegitimate relationship. The parents of these children do not care for them. They don’t worry about the child’s future. The orphans are forced to stand alone and fight against the cruel society in which they live. The situations faced by them makes them good or bad citizens. A solution for this problem is adoption. India has a large population of youth. If each young person adopts an orphan they will get good education and a bright future. It will be good for our society too. Even those who have children of their own should come forward and adopt orphans.
A new study by an international children’s charity fund has found that 4% of India’s child population are orphans. India has 20 million children. India has the largest child population in the world. 41% of India’s population is below the age of 18. The fact is only 0.3% of the children’s parents have died. The rest have been abandoned by their parents. Poverty is the main reason to abandon the children. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal have more orphans. In general, India’s central and eastern regions are more affected than the north and south.
In Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh there are 6 million orphaned children who are under the age of 18. And by 2021 these states will probably be home to 7.1 million orphans. Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal have 5.2 million orphans now and it will become 6 million by 2021. The total number of orphans is set to increase from 20 million to 24 million by 2021.
There are more than 1000 orphanages in India which are run with the help of grants provided by the Government of India and NGOs. And not all orphanages are genuine. Some run the orphanages for their own interests. And what should we do to create a society without any child who would be called as an orphan? Perhaps in the future, these orphans may be the ones who will think about new ways to build a society with no orphans. Let us wait for that day to come soon.