Rajpura is a city located in the Indian Punjab state. Around 90,000 people live in this city which is mainly known for its industry and manufacturing.
In Patiala, the district where Rajpura is located, 7% of people live below the poverty line, and children especially suffer from the prevalent poverty and violence. Furthermore, due to these harsh conditions, many families end up living in slums, which further deteriorates the children’s’ living conditions.
Since 1996, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Rajpura.
Rajpura is located in the Punjab state, a region which has had to cope with political unrest in the eighties and nineties. The conflict has caused tens of thousands of casualties, civilians and soldiers alike. Not only terrorism has been reported, but also corruption and police brutality. Children living in this region were extremely vulnerable to the violence. By the mid-nineties, the insurgency slowly came to an end.
However, violence still exists nowadays in Punjab. Indeed, 752 cases of child abuse were reported in recent years. Eradicating violence against children should be a priority.
In Punjab, the state in which Rajpura is located, around 14% of people live in slums. Rajpura is a rapidly growing city, with a 10% population increase in 10 years. However, it does not have the infrastructure to keep up with this development.
Often people move to Rajpura in search of a better life and job opportunities, but many people end up in one of the slums in the city.
In these slums, there is an absence of affordable housing, adequate sanitation and safe drinking water. Children are most vulnerable to the poverty in these slums, lacking access to healthcare and education.