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Nearly 5000 people mobilized in Ballia for Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat

Friday - October 6, 2017 5:44 am , Category : MADHYA PRADESH

Ballia: The Bharat Yatra, launched by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on 11 September, reached Ballia 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 Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation and Yatra core marchers were welcomed by enthusiastic children who were keen on ensuring that they voice their concerns and participate in the Yatra.

The march from Chandrashekhar Aazad Chowk to Bhagat Singh Chowksaw the participation of nearly 4000-5000 youth, and working professionals take to the streets and demand necessary rights for the youngest citizens of our country. Slogans of ‘stop child abuse’ and ‘down with sexual assault’ resonated across Ballia. The Yatra marchers called upon the citizens of the country to step up and fight for children across India. They urged people of Ballia to strive towards building a safe childhood and a safe India. 

Shri. Shailesh Giri Maharaj, Nath Baba Math, said “If childhood is in jeopardy, we cannot save India. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure their safety, security and well-being. We must think beyond our own children and those capable, must take up the responsibility of those left vulnerable”

Spokespersons from the Foundation emphasised on the need to break the silence around sexual abuse and assaultby stating that it is important for the society to set the wrongdoings,right.

They appealed to the youth to drive the change that is necessary to combat child sexual abuse and trafficking asking if children are not safe at homes and in schools, then where are they truly safe?

Social activist Shri. Rajeev Singh added, " Every student who marched today is Kailash Satyarthi.

"It saddens me to see that education system has become so violent. Everyday a child is abused, raped or exploited in this country. We need to stop this. "

"It is only under the leadership of people like Satyarthi that the already existing laws will be implemented in a better way and roads will be paved for new laws to come. We must join hands with him to ensure a Safe Childhood-Safe India"

The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation also appealed to the state institutions to ensure the presence of Special courts for children and designated prosecutors to take up cases related to child rights. They also stressed on the priority that needs to be accorded to the post trauma rehabilitation of victims and survivors.

At Mau, children joined in large numbers, while the Foundation raised awareness about the lack of safety for children within what were considered to be havens- homes and schools. While stating that the movement had received support from over 1 crore citizens, through social media channels.  The Foundation also stressed on the need for parents to befriend their children and foster trust so that they become fearless in reporting instances of abuse or assault. 

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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