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Indian children believe that Poverty is the key trigger of violence

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When we believe that today's children are tomorrow's leaders, then how about knowing their view on today's India. The ChildFund group, which conducted the fourth annual global survey "Small Voices, Big Dreams" has revealed the results on what children feel about 'Poverty' in India.

According to a NGO which consulted children said, "Children across the world are aware of the causes of violence in their countries and 50% children in India said 'Poverty is the key trigger to violence'."

When children were asked about other reasons responsible of violence, 29% of children said that it was 'bad behaviour' and 28% of children said it was 'alcohol and drugs'.

They also said that lack of education, domestic abuse and social conflict were the major causes of violence. The survey was taken with 6499 children, aged from 10 to 12, across 47 countries.

Poverty is the key trigger of violence: Children

The reports revealed that, when asked about their views on socio-political issues faced by their country, children had 'practical views' at a young age.

There was a fall of questions in front of children, but they didn't panic. Infact, they spoke with all rights and confidence. The questions and the answers based on the ratings are as follows:

Question Result
What would you do to end violence against children? 30% children said, they would crack down by imposing stronger anti-violence laws.
What makes you feel safe and happy? 44% children feel safe and happy at schools while, 38% of them feel safer and happy with their family.
What are the issues important to you? Majority of students voted for 'EDUCATION'. 56% children said men and women must be treated equally in India. 52% said there should be an improvement in road transportation.
Who is your hero in historical figures? 23% children said, it is Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose.

Katherine Manik, ChildFund's country director in India, said: "This year's survey focussed on children's attitudes about violence, peace, happiness and their heroes. The findings show that children can think beyond themselves and consider how their world can be improved."

The ChildFund Alliance is a worldwide network of 12 international development organisations providing assistance to 16 million children and their families in 58 countries.

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