Ranchi, May 23: Nobel prize winner Kailash Satyarthi today said that he would be launching a Bharat Yatra from Kanyakumari to New Delhi against sexual exploitation children and violence under the slogan ‘Safe Children Safe India’.
Addressing a press conference at the Suchana Bhawan here he said that the Yatra would be launched after Independence Day and would culminate a day before Diwali in the national capital . He said that after the end of the yatra about one crore people would be administered a pledge against sexual expolitationa nd violence against the children. He said that there was plans to include the social organisationals, religious heads, schools children and youth in the Yatra which would be spanned over a period of two months. Mr Satyarthi said that the Yatra would be one of its kind in the world during which 8-10 public meetings would be addressed while Nukkad Nataks would also be performed.
The Nobel Prize winner said that in Jharkhand 500 villages would be developed as Bal Mitra villages and currently 131 villages gave been developed in the state in the areas of Koderma and Giridih. He said that in these villages efforts would be made to check child labour, child marriages through awareness and Bal Panchayats would be constituted which would work in coordination of the village pnachayats.
He said that Maoists, extremists and the terrorists should understand that violence is not the solution of any problem. He said that they should refrain from using children as shield for their activities. He said that by giving guns in the hands of teh children they can never realise their political economic and social goals. He said that using the children in violence was against humanity and said that it was the moral responsibility of the Kashmiri parents and social organisations to prevent their children from stone pelting.
He said that he had spoken to Chief Minister Raghubar Das over a host of issues and Mr Das has assured to have a look at them. He said that the issues which were discussed included making a more effective law against private placement agencies, creation fo funds for providing immediate relief to children hit with trafficking and violence, establishment of a rehabilitation center for children hit with human trafficking in Ranchi and Gumla and training of senior officials of the state government to deal with child related issues so that it can be more effectively tackled.