Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi today announced the creation of the ‘Surakshit Bachpan Fund’ in the wake of his Bharat Yatra to combat child sexual abuse and trafficking.
Mr. Satyarthi recently participated in a popular quiz show, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ hosted by veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan. Mr. Satyarthi and his wife, Mrs. Sumedha Kailash went on to win INR 50 Lac amidst overwhelming audience response to his fight for children.
During the show, they spoke about Mr. Satyarthi’s work- the four decades that he has worked to bring the issue of bonded labour and slavery, child labour and other forms of exploitation of children to the mainstream of popular discourse. They also spoke about his recently concluded Bharat Yatra, where Mr. Bachchan himself had released a video and tweeted in support of the noble cause.
Mr. Satyarthi pledged his winnings from the show to create a fund to provide legal, financial and medical assistance to the victims (and their families) of child sexual abuse, trafficking and other forms of violence against children. The prize money of Rs.50 lac will form the seed capital of “Surakshit Bachpan Fund” under the aegis of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.
The long-term vision espoused by Mr. Satyarthi for this fund is to sustain it through the efforts and support of citizens, parliamentarians, judiciary and influencers across the country who have pledged their support to ensure the creation of an India that is safe and secure for children. Through this fund, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation will also take one step closer to realizing the demands and goals they had set upon the Bharat Yatra for.
The lack of medical, rehabilitation, educational, vocational and legal structure and aide for victims and survivors of child sexual assault and their families continues to be the biggest roadblock in making India Safe. The assistance that the creation of this fund will provide to overcoming this roadblock will be invaluable at a time where there is an increasing number of cases being reported, with children often from the most poor and vulnerable sections of the society.
Re-iterating his mission behind launching the Bharat Yatra and now the Surakshit Bachpan Fund, he had 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.” 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.