Kailash Satyarthi announces Bharat Yatra on Child Sexual Abuse and Trafficking

August:  Nobel Peace Laureate, Sh. Kailash Satyarthi, is
embarking on a historic Bharat Yatra to spearhead the fight against child
trafficking and child sexual abuse across the country. This yatra is the
manifestation of his belief in ‘SurakshitBachpan-Surakshit Bharat’. The yatra
will pass through 22 states covering 15,000 Kms and union territories over 35 days.
The Yatra will start from Kanyakumari in the south, stretching across western
India. Guwahati will lead the yatra from the eastern part of the country, while
Srinagar will flag off the northern stretch.  The culmination of the Yatra
will be in the national capital of Delhi, on the 15th of
October.
Kailash Satyarthi has been campaigning for the freedom, safety and
security for children across the globe for the past 36 years. He has led the
historic Global March Against Child Labor in 1998 that prompted the ILO to pass
international conventions against the worst form of child labor, in addition to
the Shiksha yatra in 2001, after which the Right to Education was included as a
fundamental right in the Constitution of India.  As a prolific thought leader,
he has been played a catalytic role in influencing social and political
policies of our country. He won the Nobel Peace prize (2014) for his continuous
efforts and struggle for the rights of children. The yatra will flag off from
Kanyakumari on the 11th of September, from the Vivekanand
Memorial, commemorating the anniversary of the great leader’s address at
Chicago in 1893.

Announcing the Bharat Yatra with the parents of the survivors, Sh
Kailash Satyarthi
said,
“Today, I declare a war on child sexual abuse and trafficking. Today I
am announcing Bharat Yatra, the biggest movement in history to make India safe
again for children. I refuse to accept that the innocence, smiles and freedom
of our children can keep getting stripped and raped. These are not ordinary
crimes. This is a moral epidemic haunting our nation.”

As the architect of some of the largest civil body movements for a cause
in the last four decades, Mr. Satyarthi’s lifelong mission is to eradicate all
forms of violence against children.Mr. Satyarthi and his foundation
KSCF have been preparing the ground for several months to launch the Yatra in
September. As part of this ground work, Mr.Satyarthi has travelled the length
and breadth of country meeting citizens, faith leaders, employees and corporates,
Parliamentarians, social organizations among others, all of whom have pledged
their whole-hearted support to the Bharat Yatra, terming it as a necessary
fight for our country to embark on and a noble cause to work towards.
Recently he met parliamentarians in Delhi to apprise them of the issue
of child trafficking and child sexual abuse and seek their support in spreading
the awareness against the menace. Last month he spoke with and inspired over
500 LinkedIn employees in Bangalore, about the need for corporates such as
LinkedIn to take a strong stand for the future of our country and will continue
to do this over the course of the next few months. He has been meeting with
several faith heads in New Delhi and across the country to ensure that the fight
permeates all sections of society, pan-India. The curtain raiser to this march
in Delhi, saw the launch of the video for the Bharat Yatra, which highlighted
the appeal of children across the country to unite and fight for their freedom,
safety and security. The campaign is expected to reach 1 crore stakeholders of
the country.
Bharat Yatra is the launch of the three year campaign against child rape
and child sexual abuse which is aimed at increasing awareness and reporting of
the cases, strengthening institutional response including medical health and
compensations, ensuring protection for victims and witnesses during trials and
increasing convictions of child sexual abuse in a time bound manner.

The launch also saw families of victims of trafficking and abuse who
narrated the emotional and physical trauma they had to endure because of the
misdeeds of a few. The families pledged their support hoping that it would
bring about the revolution, the country needs to sustain its fight against the
exploitation of children.
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