42 Percent Of Indian Children Under 5 Malnourished

Published January 10, 2012 11:54AM (EST)

NEW DELHI (AP) — A new study says 42 percent of children in India under the age of five are underweight and nearly 60 percent are stunted.

The Hunger and Malnutrition Survey monitored over 100,000 children in 112 districts across nine states in the country from October 2010 to February of last year.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released the report Tuesday and called child malnutrition the country's shame.

India's economy has boomed, with growth over the last few years averaging about 8 percent, but its development indicators continue to be abysmal.

By Salon Staff

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