Child Abuse, Neglect & Child Labour (CANCL) - related problems are diverse and enormous. The outstanding ones include exploitation (employment of children in various capacities while they should be in school), street children, child labour, physical and sexual abuse. A burgeoning population (26 million babies are born every year, a majority in underprivileged and economically weaker sections), poverty and illiteracy pose intractable challenges. Widespread malnutrition, lack of education and absence of a safe and stimulatory environment have an adverse influence on the health and development of children in their most formative years. A lack of social concern and apathy are also to be blamed.