Nobel prize recipient for the year 2014, Kailash Satyarthi, has been running an organisation ‘Satyarthi’, is doing a campaign to create awareness about child abuse and curb child trafficking happening in India. As a part of this campaign he is doing ‘Bharath Yatra’, an awareness Yatra from Kanyakumari to Delhi. This is going to be a 35 day long Yatra, in which Mr.Satyarthi has requested general public to come forward, join the campaign and give their voice and support to stop child trafficking and stop child abuse.
Mr.Kailash Satyarthi met the press today in Chennai. ” Everyday in news papers we come across child abuse and child trafficking news. Even our own homes are not safe nowadays because the family members and the close ones are the culprits at times. These abuses and trafficking not only affects the female children but also the male children and they all feel scared to share such experiences even to their parents. To bring these kids to light from darkness this ‘Bharath Yatra’ is being conducted. If one child is in danger it means the our whole country is in danger. We should be very careful when we send our kids to school or to any public place. I will contribute to my potential to this cause and I request everyone to do their part.
I am not here to publicize myself. A heart which empathises for such affected children is always great. Tomorrow these things might happen to our children also. So we should see these affected children as our own children and participate in this campaign. Social media has become very powerful so we must make use of that. This world can’t exist without children.
This Yatra will start in Kanyakumari and will go through Madurai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur and then reach Delhi. We are also planning to do this Yatra in Kashmir. Children are being used as scapegoat and shield in violence and terrorism in Kashmir. To stop this we are planning to do a Yatra there. Earlier we have done ‘Sishya Yatra’ for child education and ‘Global march’ for eradicate child labour.
8 children are going missing every hour in India. Strict laws must be brought to stop this. In a survey released by UNICEF 10 years ago it was stated that fifty percent of the children in India either directly or Indirectly are afftected by child abuse. Our president, prime minister, chief ministers of various states, judges and many leaders have come forward and supported our campaign” he said.