Kailash Satyarthi- Man who led movement against child labour

Satyarthi has headed various forms of peaceful protests and demonstrations, focusing on the exploitation of children for financial gain.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2014 6:53 pm
Kailash Satyarthi has been the subject of a number of documentaries, television series, talk shows, advocacy and awareness films. (Source: Twitter) Kailash Satyarthi has been the subject of a number of documentaries, television series, talk shows, advocacy and awareness films. (Source: Twitter)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi gave up his job as an electrical engineer to dedicate himself to protecting and advancing child rights for over three decades now, freeing 80,000 child labourers and giving them new hope in life.

It is largely due to his doggedness and zeal that NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan has emerged as by far the most prominent child rights group in the country even as 60-year-old Satyarthi rose to become a global voice for the children’s cause.

He has passionately argued that child trafficking and labour perpetuate poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and population growth.

From the factories exploiting children in the country’s biggest cities like Delhi and Mumbai to the hinterland of Odisha and Jharkhand where children are still illegally employed as bonded labourers, his organisation has rescued them in almost all parts of country.

He has advocated for stricter laws against child trafficking and labour and met with mixed success so far.

While growing up, Satyarthi has said he was concerned about the plight of child labourers around him and it finally prompted him to start an organised movement.

His early attempts to raid factories employing child labourers met with hostile reaction from the factory owners and at times the police but the significance of his work was slowly recognised.

He also played an important role in the movement for Right to Education law for free compulsory education to children.

Several prestigious awards have been conferred on him, including Defenders of Democracy Award (2009-US), Medal of the Italian Senate (2007-Italy), Robert F Kennedy International Human Rights Award (USA) and Fredric Ebert International Human Rights Award (Germany) etc.

He created the Global March Against Child Labour, a movement that is active in many countries. He is also credited with establishing Rugmark, now known as Good Weave, in 1994.

It is a kind of social certification for child labour free carpets in South Asia.

Satyarthi has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize many times in the past for his his relentless crusade for defending child rights

Satyarthi is the first India-born person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the seventh Indian Nobel laureate. Mother Teresa, who was born in Albania, was the first Indian Nobel peace prize winner. She was honoured in 1979.

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    pushkar gupta
    Feb 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm
    Satyarthi g good person.
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    k v
    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm
    the facts mentioned by you are correct, but the factor annoying is some buisness men, are encashing them,though they know it is not good,but who cares. in this harsh winter season, these children are not having anything, to cover themselves from cold.one thing let me mention,as one person i can provide some help possible. this thing i request everyone to join as a collective, give the children the best out of best.
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    jagadish ch.
    Oct 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm
    Satyarthi is proud of india
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    Brijkhanna
    Oct 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm
    CHAUTALA JI AB PHIR JAIL MEIN JAO. BAHUT MAN MAANI KER LI.
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    BN Anand
    Oct 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    Is n't it a pity that a well renowned child activist was hardly known in India and was never awarded any national award for his noble efforts? But the international recognition came and now the media will pour all the information. It is a shame that we come to know the greats in our country through either foreign media or when they get recognition in the form a prize no less than a Nobel one.
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    BN Anand
    Oct 13, 2014 at 9:12 am
    That is also our regrets , sir. I fully endorse what you said.
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