Hearty welcome to Satyarthi’s Bharat Yatra

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Oct 2017 10:34:23


Staff Reporter,

BHARAT Yatra started by Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi on September 11 reached Jabalpur on Wednesday. The 24th day of 35-day Bharat Yatra across the country aims to cover 11,000 kms across 22 states to build unprecedented awareness on child abuse and trafficking. Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation and the Yatra members were welcomed by Mayor Dr Swati Godbole, social activist Jagat Bahadur and enthusiastic children who were keen to participate in the Yatra. The March from Sant Nirankari Bhawan, via Shaheed Samark saw participation of over 1000 people led by Minister of State for Health, Medical Education (independent charge), Sharad Jain, Ophthalmologist Dr Pawan Sthapak and other dignitaries.

Slogans of ‘stop child abuse’ and ‘down with sexual assault’ resonated across Indore. The Yatra marchers urged Jabalpurians to strive towards building a safe childhood and a safe India. The Yatra marks beginning of three-year campaign against child rape and child abuse. It mainly aims at increasing awareness and reporting cases, strengthening institutional response, ensuring protection for victims and witnesses and increasing convictions of child abuse in a time bound manner.

The journey envisaged by Kailash Satyarthi to combat child abuse and trafficking started from Kanyakumari, and has now entered Madhya Pradesh.

In Jabalpur, the Yatra evoked overwhelming response from common public especially children. Satyarthi’s objective is to break silence surrounding issues like malnutrition, child abuse, child trafficking and child labour which are rising to strive for ‘Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat’. Madhya Pradesh had 14% of total cases of crime against children registered across the country in 2015 and 11% (1,687 cases) of the country’s total cases registered under POCSO Act in 2015. Earlier last month, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave assurance on passing anti-trafficking law. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amitabh Bachchan have also supported the Yatra.

At Kanyakumari, Satyarthi declared not to rest till children of the country are not safe. This moral epidemic haunts the nation, and it is time to fight it together. Reiterating his mission behind launching Bharat Yatra, he said that each time if a single child is in danger, India is in danger.

Bharat Yatra aims to make India safe again for our children. Kailash Satyarthi has been campaigning for freedom, safety and security of children across the globe for past 36 years. His Nobel Peace Prize (2014) was for his continuous efforts and struggle for children’s rights.