One-third of Nepalese children live below poverty line: Report

Kathmandu: Over one-third of 12.6 million children in Nepal live below the poverty line, according to a report.

Two in every five children are deprived of at least two basic human needs, the report states.

They suffer from severe malnutrition, have inadequate access to schooling and deprived of at least one of the seven basic human needs, according to 'Child Poverty and Disparities in Nepal 2010'.

Nepal made stride in reducing overall poverty as the trend has declined from 42 per cent in 1995-96 to 31 per cent in 2003-04, the report says.

However, the pace of reduction in child poverty was not of the desired level.

According to the report, two-thirds of the country's children are severely deprived and 40 per cent are from absolute poverty category.

Over half of Nepal's children (55.7 per cent) defecate in open spaces, it noted.

Vice-Chairman of Nepal's National Planning Commission, Jagdish Chandra Pokharel, released the report that was jointly prepared by Nepal government and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).