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Kailash Satyarthi urges medical practitioners to walk an extra mile for children

Friday - October 6, 2017 5:37 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Mr. Satyarthi  at People's University with the students
Mr. Satyarthi at People's University with the students

Over 2000 doctors join the Bharat Yatra for a Safe Childhood-Safe India

Bhopal: The Bharat Yatra, launched by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on 11 September, reached Bhopal on 4th October, the twenty-fourth day of the 35-day long march across the country to build unprecedented awareness on combating child sexual abuse and trafficking.
The Nobel Peace Laureate and is co-marchers were welcomed by Shri. Rameshwar Sharma, Member, Legislative Assembly, Bhopal and Shri. Raghavendra Sharma, President, BalAyog.

At Bairagarh, Mr. Satyarthi addressed over a thousand children on the dangers of child sexual abuse and assault.

Appreciating the knowledge possessed by children present from over 40schools about abuse and trafficking, the Nobel Peace Laureate said, “We must focus on what we can do for our country, and not what our country can do for us. Society conditions children to keep quiet. That they should learn to tolerate abuse or assault and not speak up. Reports state that over 50% citizens have been abused as children. How long will India remain silent at these crimes?”


Mr. Satyarthi was hosted at the People’s University for ‘Doctors for Children’, an initiative where Mr. Satyarthi appealed to the medical practitioners to go the extra mile for victims of abuse and sexual assault. 
Addressing over 2000 doctors present, he asked them if they would be willing to treat children who have undergone sexual violence, without the attached fee. “Madhya Pradesh is my hometown, you are my people. You are doctors and I request you all to walk an extra mile for any child who is suffering physically and mentally from this trauma. They need you. We as ordinary citizens are guilty of perpetuating violence with our silence and I appeal to all those present here, walk an extra mile for these children and help those who are the victims of child abuse,” added Mr. Satyarthi.
Later in the day, Mr. Satyarthi was hosted at Barkatullah University, where he interacted with students to sensitize them about the growing problems of abuse and how best to help the country combat this menace. Ms.Archana Chitnis, Woman and Child Development Minister, Madhya Pradesh, Dr.Raghavendra Sharma, Chairman, SCPCR,Mr. Rishi Kumar Shukla, DGP Police and Justice Dalip Singh Nyaymurti,(National Green Tribunal) were present with Mr. Satyarthi at the university.
“Sometimes the parents have also come and thanked me for spreading awareness and making them aware of what can happen to their kids, says Mr. Satyarthi. A child met me the other day and told me that he names himself Satyarthi”, said the Nobel Peace Laureate. “This shows the impact the Yatra has had everywhere. It’s a humbling experience.”

Earlier last month, Union Home Minister, Shri. Rajnath Singh, gave his assurance on passing the anti-trafficking law, which aligns with one of the key demands of the Bharat Yatra.

Ever since its launch, Bharat Yatra has been drawing enormous support from citizens across India, including Amitabh Bachchan who tweeted to his fans to support the Yatra. Earlier, Union Minister for Shipping and Finance Mr Pon Radhakrishnan had flagged off the Yatra from Kanyakumari along with Mr Satyarthi. In Trivandrum, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assured whole hearted support from his government in eradicating the menace of child sexual abuse and trafficking. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent a personal letter to Kailash Satyarthi extending his support to the Yatra, which will cover 11000 kilometres across 22 States, including Karnataka. Some of the key cities it covers include Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Guwahati, Bhopal, Jaipur, Srinagar among others. 

The Karnataka High court will pay special attention to POCSO cases so the children can get justice. 

The Yatra was also supported by Andhra Pradesh and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu walked with the Foundation to promote awareness about the cause. He also announced that the state of Andhra Pradesh would house a global policy institute dedicated to the well-being and security of children across the country.


At Kanniyakumari during the flag off Mr Satyarthi had declared, “I will not rest till children of this country are not safe. I am not going to stop fighting if the raping and abuse do not stop.  I cannot sleep in peace until we win our war against rape and abuse. This moral epidemic haunts our nation, and it is time we fight against it, together.”

Re-iterating his mission behind launching the Bharat Yatra, he 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.” Kailash Satyarthi has been campaigning for the freedom, safety and security for children across the globe for the past 36 years. His Nobel Peace Prize (2014) was for his continuous efforts and struggle for the rights children.

The 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 intuitional 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.

About Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation

The Foundation’s mission is to create, implement and advocate child-friendly policies that ensure the holistic development and empowerment of children. For achieving these goals, the Foundation encourages government, businesses, civil society as well as children and the youth to participate in strategies and action that will safeguard children from the worst forms of abuse, including lack of education and health. For more information, visit:
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