How corruption affects the poor children of India

by Sonia Faleiero

A child’s height was measured after he was rescued from garment factory labor in New Delhi in June. Labor laws affecting children are often not enforced, due to corruption, one of several ways in which corruption diminishes poor childrens’ lives. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Associated Press

MEENA DEVI is only 10 years old, but she’s the head of her household. She cooks, cleans and takes care of her 11-year-old brother, Sunil, while a 14-year-old brother, Anil, works at a faraway brick kiln in a neighboring state. The three have been orphans since their mother died of starvation three years ago. They have an aunt in their village, but the most she’s ever done is send over food to their mud hut.