Expressing concern over the increasing problem of child trafficking and child labour in the country, Kailash Satyarthi, child rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, said that by making children slave, the country never becomes a master.
Kailash Satyarthi was in the city on Friday to interact with the media at the Press Club, while he will be honoured with an honorary degree by President Pranab Mukherjee at the 64th Annual Convocation of Panjab University (PU) on March 13.
Satyarthi highlighted the proposals for the sustainable development goals for the upcoming year. He stated that child slavery should mandatorily get over and instead of employing children who should be in schools otherwise, adults should be employed.
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“In the world, as many as 17 crore children are victims of child labour, but 200 million people are jobless at the same time. Thus, we need to take this issue seriously. Those 17 crore children should ideally be studying, while the jobless should get employed,” said Satyarthi.
He added that children below 14 years of age should be in schools, while those in the age-group of 15-18 years should not be allowed to work under harzardous conditions.
Throwing light on the child trafficking incidents in Assam, he said people there buy cows for Rs 50,000, while a girl is bought at Rs 5,000. “We have been trying our best to rescue children from factories, forced marriages and child labour. Child labour is encouraged when parents are unemployed,” said Satyarthi.
Sharing one of the incidents, when he and his son had gone to rescue Nepali girls from a circus, he said, “We both were beaten up by the authorities for rescuing the girls. Following this, an inquiry committee was set up and it was asked to submit its report in three days.”
He added, “The report stated that Kailash Satyarthi wanted to open his own circus, which is why he fought with the circus authorities and tried to take away their artistes.”