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January was a bitterly cold month, with children withstanding the coldest day in the capital for 44 years.
In New Delhi there are 100,000 homeless children and 33 per cent of them are only six to ten-years-old, according to UNICEF.
No one to look after them: children play together at a traffic signal
Looking after each other in horrendous conditions: a homeless boy holds his little brother close on a footpath in New Delhi
Hostile environment: a homeless girl on the railway tracks in New Delhi
One homeless project manager even says that they are often beaten for being on the street.
Among the children struggling to keep going is Sanjay Kumar, 13, who sells car phone chargers at a busy traffic junction.
He came from Bihar, one of India's most impoverished states, and now survives by earning up to 300 rupees (£3.50) on a 'good day'.
Sanjay explained: 'I ran away from my home six years ago because my father used to beat me up.'
'One day I ended up on a train and when I woke up I was here. Sometimes I want to go back but I don't know how.'
Across town from Sanjay, six-year-old Anita has made her home under a flyover overlooked by one of India's largest IT business districts.
No shelter: a family living on a footpath, with nowhere to keep their few belongings
The real 'Slumdog' children: girls play by the railway in New Delhi, left, the young hero Jamal, right, of the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire who escapes from the slums of Mumbai
Collecting rubbish: homeless boys forage by the railway tracks in New Delhi
Helped by the computer industry, India's economy has grown to the tenth largest in the world, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).
CEBR also estimates India will overtake the UK in 2017 to become the largest Commonwealth economy - and yet there are hundreds of thousands of children living in abject poverty.
This winter has been particularly tough for the estimated 150,000 homeless people of New Delhi.
Since December 1 one hospital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, alone received 26 unclaimed bodies.
Delhi Police officials said they found several poor people frozen to death during the cold spell in January.
While all street children are vulnerable, young girls are at most risk of exploitation, according to Chetna, a non-governmental organisation supporting homeless families.
British director Danny Boyle with Azharuddin Ismail, who acted as young Salim in Boyle's Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire
'Police officials often beat up these children for sleeping on the streets which makes them more susceptible to criminal elements and ends up isolating them even more.'
The hit film Slumdog Millionaire by British director Danny Boyle highlighted many of these issues and brought them to a global audience.
The story follows a poor teenager from the slums of Mumbai who gets on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and progresses to the 20-million-rupee question.
In real life, of course, these children do not get the same happy ending.
Heartbreaking: The issues involved with India's desperate children were showcased in Danny Boyle's film Slumdog Millionaire