Kailash Satyarthi launches Bharat Yatra

Kailash Satyarthi with his followers at the launch of the Yatra

Kanyakumari: Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi on Monday launched the Bharat Yatra against child trafficking and sexual abuse from the Vivekananda Rock Memorial here. He appealed to the youth to join the march to ensure the safety and security of the children, who are the future of India.

The Yatra flagged off from Kanyakumari and will culminate in New Delhi on the 16th of October covering 11000 kilometres across 22 States. In Tamil Nadu, the Yatra will pass through Kanyakumari, Salem, Madurai, Vellore and Chennai.

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.

Said Kailash Satyarthi, “Child rape and sexual abuse has become a moral epidemic that haunts our nation. We can no longer remain silent spectators. Our silence is breeding more violence. That is why the Bharat Yatra is the beginning of an all-out war on rape, abuse and trafficking. We hereby declare that we refuse to let victims and their families live in fear while the rapists roam free and fearless. 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. Bharat Yatra is to make India safe again for our children. Make no mistake: this will be a decisive war; a war to reclaim the morality of the Indian soul.”

“My war to end all forms of abuse against children starts today. Are you with me?” he asked thousands of people gathered at the venue.

The passionate Nobel Laureate warned, “I am telling these monsters: you are raping MY children. I will stop you, come what may. I won’t allow you to strip off and rape and murder the innocence, smile and freedom of our children. I won’t let the parents of these children live in pain, helplessness, trauma and shame for the rest of their lives. Children are the future of India and there should be no place for child rapists in the country.”

Mr. Satyarthi fondly said, “Kanyakumari holds a special place in my heart. The previous Bharat Yatra I undertook, which was the Shiksha Yatra of 2001, was also launched from Kanyakumari and progressed to New Delhi.” The flag off from Kanyakumari the Vivekananda Memorial, commemorates the anniversary of the great leader’s address at Chicago in 1893.”