Kolkata: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has called for a war on child sexual abuse, promising to voice the issue in his upcoming on-foot rally across India. Calling out violence against children in a broader perspective, he promised to “save” the children in Kashmir as well.
About 1,000 people joined the `Bharat Yatra’-a rally marking the three-year campaign against child rape and child sexual abuse -in Siliguri. The yatra was launched by Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi on September 11. Though Satyarthi was not present at the Siliguri rally, he had earlier said that his fight would continue till no kid is raped or abused.The participants urged people in SIliguri to help build a safe childhood and a safe India.
Within seventeen days of its launch, the rally started drawing people from all walks of life. More than 55,000 kids, youths and working professionals have joined the march so far. The rally will cover 11,000 kilometres across 22 states.
Ever since its launch at Kanyakumari by Satyarthi and Pon Radhakrishnan, Union minister for shipping and finance, Bharat Yatra has been drawing support from citizens across India. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already assured his government’s support in eradicating child sexual abuse and trafficking.
The Nobel laureate also received a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi supporting his rally. In a press statement, Satyarthi said, “Why am I marching? Because my children are being raped. I refuse to accept that eight children go missing and two are raped every hour. Each time, if a single child is in danger, India is in danger. Bharat Yatra is to make India safe again for our children.”