'Being Indian': Isha Dua on BBC World

From Saturday 11th March @ 2000 IST

Repeats: Sunday 12th March @ 1600 IST

As part of the Growing Up season on BBC World, this week's episode of Being Indian examines Isha Dua's privileged life in comparison with the millions of less fortunate children in Delhi. As the daughter of wealthy, middle-class parents she enjoys a private education and does not yet have to marry or work unlike many Indian children.

In this programme Isha, and her 16-year-old friend Ankita, attend a conference about the abolition of child marriage. Isha and her fellow students try to make a difference by going out into the slums to gather information for UNICEF to find out whether money being spent on development is really helping the poor. For Isha it's a real eye opener: "I learnt how difficult it is to survive. What upset me the most was that children have to work for their living at such a tender age when they should be playing or studying. I used to spend a lot of money on chocolate. Now I don't because I feel guilty about it. If they can't eat it, how can I?"

Further information:

Deeptie Sethi/ Neha Sharma

BBC World

Tel: 91 11 2341 2672/73 Extn. 102, Fax: 91 11 2341 1109

Email: deeptie.sethi@bbc.co.uk

Notes to Editors: BBC World, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World Ltd, a member of the BBC's commercial group of companies. BBC World is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and reaches 279 million households (139 million 24-hour homes) and more than one million hotel rooms. BBC World launched in its present format in 1995 and is funded by advertising and subscription. For further information on how to receive BBC World, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit bbcworld.com

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