Bhubaneswar: In an effort to sensitise people against child sexual abuse and child trafficking in India, Nobel laureate and social activist Kailash Satyarthi will launch the Eastern stretch of his upcoming Bharat Yatra from Bhubaneshwar on September 26, 2017, as per an announcement by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.
The yatra would reach Bhopal on October 5.
The march will be flagged off from Vivekananda Memorial in Kanyakumari on September 11, 2017, commemorating the anniversary of the great socio-religious thinker’s historic address at Chicago in 1893, and wind up in New Delhi on October 16.
Addressing the media Rosalin Patasani Mishra, Founder, Parichay Foundation and Madhusudan Das, State Convener of the National Youth Project highlighted the problems of child sexual abuse and trafficking in the state of Odisha. The duo also narrated deeply the reported cases of minor girls raped by family members or close friends.
“Odisha has been grappled with problems of child labour for long years. There is constant rise in number of rapes and trafficking. It is high time that the people of Odisha and the country should start working towards twin issues of education and empowerment of the girl child,” said Rosalin Patsani Mishra.
The Bharat Yatra is an endeavour towards raising consciousness for that collective action for our young girls and children across the country to usher in a change” added Rosalin.
“We should work collectively to help mitigate child sexual abuse and trafficking in Odisha and India to progress on the socio-economic front. It can come only through a massive social revolution,” emphasized Madhusudan Das.
They also said that the Bharat Yatra, an initiative towards creating an India that is safe for our children, has received wholehearted support from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to National Crimes Records Bureau and National Family Health Survey-3, child marriage is a matter of deep concern for Odisha with 1, 21,669 girls and 1, 37,464 boys being married off before they are majors.
Likewise, according to the data prepared by the state police, a high of 206 minors were trafficked in 2016. The number of trafficked children grew by an alarming 44 per cent in 2016 from the previous year.