Melghat: A tribal tragedy

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Ektai village has the highest proportion of severely malnourished children in Chikaldhara block. Children above three attend Ektai’s Anganwadi centre, a day care where they are fed two meals a day.

Ektai village has the highest proportion of severely malnourished children in Chikaldhara block. Children above three attend Ektai’s Anganwadi centre, a day care where they are fed two meals a day.

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A child treatment centre (CTC) at Semadoh village. CTCs offer medicines to treat infections and have elaborate rules to feed children several times a day.

A child treatment centre (CTC) at Semadoh village. CTCs offer medicines to treat infections and have elaborate rules to feed children several times a day.

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Eleven-month-old Anita Parate with her grandmother. Severely malnourished, Anita received only one meal a day at the child treatment centre at Churni village.

Eleven-month-old Anita Parate with her grandmother. Severely malnourished, Anita received only one meal a day at the child treatment centre at Churni village.

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On the way to Hatru village, families spend the night in their fields atop racks like these, to protect their crops from wild animals.

On the way to Hatru village, families spend the night in their fields atop racks like these, to protect their crops from wild animals.

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Villages have a common water source. Women spend long hours ferrying water to their homes.

Villages have a common water source. Women spend long hours ferrying water to their homes.

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In Katkum village, children walk on stilts. It is a popular pastime.

In Katkum village, children walk on stilts. It is a popular pastime.

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Food is cooked in unhygienic conditions at the ashram school

Food is cooked in unhygienic conditions at the ashram school

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This 'ashram' school at Jarida is a model residential school, which receives special funding from the government. More than 700 children study here.

This 'ashram' school at Jarida is a model residential school, which receives special funding from the government. More than 700 children study here.

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There is no electricity in Chilathi village, although electric lines were laid decades ago.

There is no electricity in Chilathi village, although electric lines were laid decades ago.

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Like everything else, schools never open in many parts of Melghat.

Like everything else, schools never open in many parts of Melghat.

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More than Rs 4 million has been spent on this primary health centre in Hatru. The centre has not been used over the last year, apparently because of a leaky roof.

More than Rs 4 million has been spent on this primary health centre in Hatru. The centre has not been used over the last year, apparently because of a leaky roof.

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These 'goods carriers' are popular in Melghat because public transport is limited.

These 'goods carriers' are popular in Melghat because public transport is limited.

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A severely malnourished child with her mother at Adnadi village. Her daily duties of tending to a newborn and working in the fields don't allow her to take her child to a public hospital.

A severely malnourished child with her mother at Adnadi village. Her daily duties of tending to a newborn and working in the fields don't allow her to take her child to a public hospital.

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A severely malnourished child lies unattended at Ektai village. Her parents work in the fields the entire day.

A severely malnourished child lies unattended at Ektai village. Her parents work in the fields the entire day.

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Amid verdant forests, Melghat, a tribal corner of Maharashtra, is symptomatic of many ills that plague the fight against child malnutrition and mortality in India.

Amid verdant forests, Melghat, a tribal corner of Maharashtra, is symptomatic of many ills that plague the fight against child malnutrition and mortality in India.

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A tribal tragedy: Behind Melghat's beauty is a failed state. Photos by Pramit Bhattacharya

A tribal tragedy: Behind Melghat's beauty is a failed state. Photos by Pramit Bhattacharya

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