What Was Kailash Satyarthi’s Bharat Yatra About?

Photo: Kailash Satyarthi/Facebook

We all have seen the last few episodes of KBC’s Season 9 and now know much more about the Nobel Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi.

The motive of the Bharat Yatra is to put an end to abuse of children, and child trafficking. This initiative of Bharat Yatra is done by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

Bharat Yatra was supported by college students, members of the Confederation of Indian Industry and later joined by Chief Ministers and judges of many states and courts. This protest was supported nationwide and was a successful movement to eradicate child abuse.

Bharat Yatra is a strong platform from where laws can be implement in a much better way, first by bringing awareness about the laws that protect the safety of children, lead to lesser regressive pressures from the society towards the children and transform the whole country into a safe atmosphere where a child can have a normal childhood.

Watch this video of Kailash Satyarthi raising a voice against child abuse:

Bharat Yatra generated awareness among the people. Through the website of Bharat Yatra, you can also volunteer or donate.

When Bharat Yatra completed 12,000 kms across the country in 7 routes, their motto was to alert the people of the country that their children are safe no where, and anything can happen anywhere. The Yatra brings out the root problem during their march, real problem is in the law enforcement and social attitude with a regressive nature.

Lots of initiatives, struggles, and loss of lives and blood have given birth to POSCO: Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act in 2012, which holds the provisions of punishing the child rapists and other such offenders heavily.

There are many states which are very rigid, if the child goes missing (as per the statistics every 6 minutes one child goes missing) it takes years to clear the case! The missing child is many times not found at all or found dead.

The Yatra was supported by nearly 10 lakh people and Andhra Pradesh’s C.M. N. Chandrababu Naidu & Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan extender their full support to their movement and made a promise of a law which gives only death penalty to child rapists. CM of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, also encouraged the parents to support their children to always raise a voice on child sexual abuse.

Keeping the children of the country safe is more than a responsibility, it is a compulsion.

Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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