You are here: Home » News-ANI » National
Business Standard

Bharat Yatra: Children scared to go to school not acceptable, says Kailash Satyarthi

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

India's famous Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi commenced his Bharat Yatra on Wednesday and said that when children start getting upset and afraid at the mention of going to school, that becomes unacceptable.

"Children should be safe everywhere and if children start getting upset at the mention of school because they are touched inappropriately or are raped then this will not be acceptable," the Nobel peace winner told ANI.

Speaking about the importance of initiating the Bharat Yatra, which is a fight against child trafficking and sexual abuse in India, Satyarthi said that this journey is a fight against the wrong in the society.

"I started Bharat Yatra to end this silence and fear towards atrocities on children that make them live their lives in peace," he said.

"By the time we reach Delhi, we will pass by almost 22 states and constituencies, and will walk about 11,000 kms," Satyarthi told ANI.

He said that his main motive is to "awake the sleeping soul" of India.

"Child abuse, child rape, child trafficking will not be tolerated," he said.

Speaking about one of his main demands, Satyarthi told ANI that a strict law be created in regard to child trafficking.

"The good thing that happened recently was that the Home Minister promised me in an event that a law against child trafficking will be implemented that could be as soon as possible can come into work," he said.

He said that he is glad that the Prime Minister, the President, the Vice-President and many Chief Ministers are supporting his cause and the yatra.

The 63-year-old activist started his 35-day Bharat Yatra against child sexual abuse and trafficking, and has been campaigning for the freedom, safety and security of the children across the globe for the past 36 years.

He was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 was for his continuous efforts and struggle for the rights of children.

The Bharat Yatra has received support from Google through its homepage promotion.

The Yatra is aimed at increasing awareness and reporting of the cases of sexual abuse, strengthening medical health and compensations, ensuring protection of victims and witnesses during the trials of cases and increasing convictions of child sexual abuse in a time bound manner.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 07:02 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU