The 63-year-old Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who shared the 2014 Nobel Prize for Peace with Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai is always in news for good reason. Kailash Satyarthi is regarded as the person who is in the mission to make innocent children free from the clutches of the vicious cycle of child labor.
Kailash Satyarthi is known for his “Bachpan Bachao Andolan” in which he mentioned people to stop Child labor practice as children are our future and children need to be saving. In May 2015, he demanded a complete ban on all forms of labor involving children below 14 years of age, against the backdrop of the Union Cabinet’s nod to alter the child labor law to allow them to work in family enterprises.
The child rights activist said that providing education to all children in society is the key and eventually it can end the practice called Child Labour and Kailash Satyarthi always speak about the same.
Kailash was in talks about child labor with various media and he said that that the number of child workers in India has fallen significantly but incidents of sexual violence against children has grown up so we need to work on that.
He urged the youth of the country that they can use the Social Media platform in the best way where they can raise questions on Child Labour and also spread awareness about the same.
Kailash Satyarthi also emphasizes that it is worth to discuss the grief and suffering of bonded children which is worth to discuss also.
In a chat with The Hindu, he said,
The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation Amendment) Act, 2016, had some lacunae when it was enacted, but the rules notified recently by the government have addressed the weaknesses. I was not happy earlier. But with the new rules, the issues have been properly addressed. Earlier, the interpretation was that any child could help in family enterprises. But if you look at the rules, it’s possible only in a few occupations, and hazardous occupations have also been clearly defined.
Kailash Satyarthi, the head of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), said that we need to stop some brutal incidents against children including, child abuse and rape in both India and beyond. According to a report of his interview with IANS, he said,
The number of child workers in India had fallen from 12.5 million in 2001 to 10 million in 2011 and further to 4.2 million now. I cannot verify the accuracy of this data but I can say there is an improvement (in the situation). Also, violence against children is on the rise, which is dangerous. I blame pornography as one of the causes. Almost half of them are victims of the worst form of child labor. They are in a very dangerous situation. About five million of them are slaves who do not have any kind of freedom. They are traded.
Kailash was determined on the question “Why can’t India be the leader of the globalisation of compassion?” He said conventional methods are not going to protect children and he also said that this issue will not solve without government help, “things have changed now”.
Satyarthi stated that the role of corporate has increased various, and so is the case with civil society.
Now they have emerged as constructive and critical partners in the entire narrative on both development and human rights.
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