*** This is a new, never read book. It has a few blemishes such as a crease or edge-wear on the cover, but it is still crisp and new on the inside and it makes for a great reading copy. ***
Slum is known as the cancer on the body of the city. Among slum-dwellers the worst affected are the children, because the slum environment has an adverse impact on the child, it socialisation and personality development. If children are neglected like this, slums are likely to become breeding ground for juvenile deliquents and criminals. Pandit Jawaharial Nehru declared These slums represent the utmost form of human degradation. Those responsible for thi state of affairs should be hanged... In the slums of the Indian industrial centres, manhood is unquestionably brutalised, womanhood dishonoured and children poisoned at its very source. In this unique book the learned authors have dealty with the concept, causes and medicosocial aspects of the slum, its social composition, the place of slum child in society, the psychological and behavioural problems of slum children, their health and nutrional status and their education. The book also highlights the responsibility of society toward slum children, the State's role in improving the lot of slum children, and the future of slum children in India.