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President hails Kailash Satyarthi's Bharat Yatra

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New Delhi | Monday, Oct 16 2017 IST
Terming Kailash Satyarthi's Bharat Yatra, a big step towards providing a safe environment for children in the nation, President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday said that it is the duty of every person in the country to provide kids the opportunity and experience of being citizens of a better India.Addressing the closing ceremony of the Yatra, organised by Satyarthi's foundation for children, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said he believed that even if one child is unsafe, all society is guilty. ''Therefore, the Yatra for a 'Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat' is a big step towards providing a safe environment for children in our nation. It is the duty of every person in the country to connect with the objectives of this Yatra and provide our children the opportunity and experience of being citizens of a better India,''he said.The President said that though there are policies and laws to ensure the rights of children in the country, these rights can only be ensured through the awareness and sensitivity of the entire society. ''Millions of people, from south to north, have been made aware of this issue through this Bharat Yatra,'' he said.The President said the country must come together to ensure that every child receives education and achieves his or her full potential with freedom and dignity, while being healthy and secure. ''Mr Kailash Satyarthi's Foundation is always striving to achieve these objectives,'' he said.He appreciated the Foundation and all those associated with it. He hoped that the people of the country together would build an India where there would be no scope for sexual abuse and human trafficking of children.The President said that Mr Satyarthi has been contributing towards the cause of human rights of children for almost 40 years. He said he had been made aware that more than 85,000 children have been rescued from atrocities by the efforts of Mr Satyarthi. They have received educational opportunities and have been helped to start their lives afresh.Appreciating the cause taken up by the Nobel laureate, President Ram Nath Kovind said, ''It's an important issue which wasn't touched so far. The campaign would create a new history and I am of the view these 300 marchers would be the real architect of our nation.'' He also said India is going to celebrate its 75th Independence in 2022 and "I urged Satyarthiji to prepare a roadmap for next five years for its complete eradication."Speaking on the occasion, the Nobel Prize Laureate said the Bharat Yatra for 'Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshti Bharat' was a non-violent war on sexual abuse, rape and trafficking of children. He said that the voices of children cannot be silent any more. On Diwali this year, he urged all to light a lamp in the name of protection of children.Stating that the voices of children cannot be silenced now, he called for boycott of the predators from the society. He also urged for a strong legal deterrent, appropriate allocation of resources and preventive measures to stop such kind of abuse and trafficking.Meanwhile, Mr Satyarthi also proposed to set up a high-level national children tribunal in the country. Besides, also demanded for establishing an exclusive court for child abuse and trafficking in every district of the country. On the occasion, the President also lit a symbolic Diya 'Bal Suraksha Jyoti'. A photo exhibition was hosted at the venue and a short film that provided a glimpse of the Bharat Yatra was also screened.In this Yatra, Mr Satyarthi visited 22 states in 35 days with 300 marchers and garnered support from all sections of the society.UNI AR SB 1941

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