Hyderabad: Known for his efforts against child trafficking and child labour, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi says, this time he is going on a war.
The yatra he is undertaking to fight child sexual abuse and trafficking will be reaching Hyderabad on September 21. “We need to come together and pledge to eliminate the fear and empower people to speak up against this growing epidemic,” Satyarthi said while speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday.
The Bharat Yatra will be from Kanyakumari to New Delhi from September 11 to October 16, the organisers said. Satyarthi feels that the dimension of the problem was much bigger than it seems. “The problem is real and it is hidden under social taboos, and under the fear to speak up. It is a moral epidemic because it enters our homes and in many cases it could be relatives or family members who are responsible for the abuse,” he said.
In order to get more people to speak out, Satyarthi said he would be knock every door — from ordinary people to the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, religious leaders, judiciary and police.
“We are hoping to gather people in great numbers this time. Our aim is to get one crore people sign a pledge to make India safe again and see youth groups or village groups formed that will take leadership on this issue. Also, we want to see more cases are reported to the police and have child friendly courts.” “I call it a war because this is not an ordinary crime, this is a moral epidemic haunting the country,” Satyarthi said urging people to participate in large numbers.