Sharmila, Soha appeal to remove child deprivation

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2010, 12:16 PM IST

London: Mother-daughter duo Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan have spoken out to support the cause of child deprivation, saying that India is in a unique position to eliminate the phenomenon since its a significant contributor to world economy.

"Given India`s contribution to the world economy, we are in a unique position to make child deprivation a thing of the past," Sharmila said at a charity dinner organised by child Rights and You UK.

The 63-year-old actress urged people to do their bit to help poverty-ridden children, saying, "42 per cent of the world`s hungry children are said to be living in India. Half of the 440 million children in India do not complete their schooling.

"If we all decide to do something to end child deprivation in India today, such chilling statistics need not challenge us anymore."

Her words were echoed by daughter Soha, who said, "There are stories of immense hope and joy from some of India`s most neglected areas that support from the global community has made possible. I think it`s time for us to step up to our responsibility and make sure children in India don`t go unschooled or undernourished."

PTI