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Village elder Komal Adivasi looks out over Silanagar village outside Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh state in India. His refusal to grant permission to allow his daughter in law Jhanki to take her malnourished child Roshini for medical treatment is a virtual death sentence for the wasting child. .Despite 15 yeas of economic growth the incidence of child malnutrition has barely changed -- 46 percent of children under 5 in India are malnourished: twice the rate of sub Saharan Africa.. A report released last week said a mixture of poor governance , the caste system dis-empowerment of women and superstition are preventing children from getting the nutrition they need, condemning another generation to brain damage, low earning potential and early death. At the moment 3000 children a day die in India as a result of malnutrition.