I came across some insightful information on a UNICEF blog about adolescents in India. Here are some interesting facts from that blog:
* India has the highest adolescent population in the world
* It is still the case that boys enjoy a higher quality of adolescence than girls
* The biggest health problem for Indian female adolescents is Anemia - about 50% of girls aged between 15-19 in India are anemic.
* The risk of HIV is significantly higher amongst adolescent females than adolescent males
Karin Hulshof, UNICEF India Representative concluded that -
The available data shows that maximum adolescence today, do not get to enjoy or have access to quality education, basic sexual reproductive health care, support for mental health issue and disability and protection from violence, abuse and exploitation and a forum for their participation.