Who looks more desperate? As a matter of fact, the little kid looks more desperate but in reality, folding both hands on the head signifies grief and agony. It is like somebody who has lost a relative or very bad news.
For the kid, it can be the negligence of the parents. In typical rural communities, such scenes are common, though bad. Here we can’t say that the child is in a desperate situation, but the negligence of the parents.