articles by Sukanya Krishnamurthy and Shamsheer Yousaf

India

No child's play: Kids from low-income families suffer as designated play spaces remain scarce and streets unsafe

Children from disadvantaged areas like slums are the most vulnerable because they live in unsafe and unhealthy environments, with minimal access to services — from play spaces, to nearby schools. In the absence of designated play spaces, they play near their homes and on the streets, where there are several deterrents: poor road maintenance, garbage, absence of street lights, harassment of girls on the streets, drinking in public spaces