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Children running from small towns to Mumbai

Tuesday - October 3, 2017 9:39 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

Children running from small towns to Mumbai


Mumbai is the ultimate film destination of India and even South East Asia, because it is not only the largest film industry in the region but also arguably the richest and one having the most widespread global access.

Millions of youths dream of being a part of the Bollywood fraternity and thousands flock to Mumbai every year to chase their dreams, even if only a handful succeed in reaching the position they deserve or dream of. Not only films, Mumbai is also a city of promise and hope. Mumbai gives jobs to millions of youngsters every year. 

There is every opportunity for the hardworking and odd jobs are available for anyone skilled and talented in any field. This is the reason millions of youth reach Mumbai to grab the possibilities. Unfortunately, Mumbai is also delusional. It also makes people weave dreams which are unachievable. 

It also traps people in the lure that leads into an abyss. Mumbai, like any megacity, has also a dark underbelly that is sinister and vicious and not overtly visible. Here is from where thousands of youngsters from as young as 10 years old face the toughest challenge. 

There are agents, gangs and louts on the prowl who keep an eye on young wayward kids and adolescents to corral them into begging or other disruptive activities like drug peddling. These kids are subject to all kinds of mental and physical abuse and poverty hounds them as the dreams they harbour never see fruition. 

These kids are so badly trapped in the ‘system’ that they cannot even go back to their homes, even as the spectre of poverty and deprivation haunts them there too in an equally disturbing measure. Most of these kids don’t even cross their teenage and perish somewhere in between. Most have footpaths, railway platforms and shanties in the name of home. There is no social security for these kids who live at the mercy of the police and the gang leaders. To millions in the hinterlands of the country, 

Mumbai is still an out-of-the-world illusion and anyone landing up in the city is seen as a star or one in the making. Few people in the villages and small towns have a real idea of the hardships and pathetic living conditions Mumbai is synonymous with. Even the well off in the tinsel town faces a daily struggle for survival. But Mumbai, being a happening city with money and glitter, is traditionally played up as the ultimate place to realise dreams. But the millions of dreams that are broken every moment are never heard of! -Windwo To News

 
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