"no boy remembers his schooling like one who was taken out of school"

Despite free and compulsory education to age 14 in India, literacy rates stand at 60% (lower for women), and only 15% of the population will reach high school. Anti-child labour laws have been strengthened in recent years, yet agencies estimate between 20 and 50 million Indian children under 14 work, and there are an estimated 1.1 million street children in India. Regardless of legislation, poverty continues to mean that education is not an option for many.