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No bigger crime than killing a child’s dream: Kailash Satyarthi

Satyarthi’s movement and activism for child rights have benefited over 85,000 children across the world.

jaipur Updated: Oct 11, 2017 20:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Kailash Satyarthi at DAV School in Jaipur on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

Child labour is denying children of their dreams and there is no bigger crime in this world than killing their dreams, said Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, while speaking at the Rajasthan Police Academy in Jaipur on Wednesday.

Satyarthi was conferred the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan in 2014.

In his address ‘Surakshit Bachpan Surakshit Bharat’ at the academy, Satyarthi said, “The children never created borders or war and yet the world that we leave behind for them is full of hatred and violence.” Satyarthi’s movement and activism for child rights have benefited over 85,000 children across the world.

“The big challenge that lies ahead is fighting sexual abuse of children. It’s a moral epidemic that, of late, has gone deeper and wider,” said Satyarthi. He was addressing a gathering of police officials, NGO persons and school principals.

The Nobel laureate said that earlier the average age of rape victims in the country was 15-16, but in the last 1-2 years the average has come down to 6-7 years. “There are reports of girls as young as two and three being raped. The perversion and savageness is only growing,” he added.

Satyarthi also spoke about the slow delivery of justice and said that even if the cases being registered under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) were to stop, the disposal of cases at the present rate in some states of the country would take as long as 58 years.

He reiterated the need for exclusive courts in each districts for speedy dispensation of justice in cases of offence against children. The Union home minister is working on a draft bill for prevention of child trafficking, he said. Furthermore, Satyarthi voiced the demand for a greater share of GDP to spend on children, up from the current figure of 3.5%.

Son of a policeman, Satyarthi urged the policemen in the gathering to become so friendly and amiable towards children that children would themselves come to them and tell them if they are being abused.

Rajeev Dasot, the director of RPA, said that Satyarthi’s visit will infuse new vigour and energy into the police force to fight crimes against children and work for the protection of their rights.

Earlier, Satyarthi addressed a session on ‘Increasing awareness on the dangers of sexual abuse’ at the DAV Centenary Public School in Jaipur. The session was attended by more than 10,000 school children.

First Published: Oct 11, 2017 20:53 IST