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A young girl plays near the mines after a hard day's labour in the open-pit coal mines of Dhanbad, Jharkhand on 12th March 2010. Even as India is seeing an economic growth rate of 8.8 per cent (2009/10), crushing poverty and malnutrition are harsh realities for millions of women and children. Many inequities are tied to the hindu caste system, gender and class. The mining children, like the rest of their families, have never been to school..Photo by Suzanne Lee.