Nobel laureate Satyarthi vows to become voice of Kashmiri children

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Campaigner’s foot rally against child abuse to reach Srinagar on Oct 9


Nobel laureate Satyarthi vows to become voice of Kashmiri children

Rising Kashmir News

Bhopal, Oct 07:

 Nobel laureate KailashSatyarthi, who has called for a war on child sexual abuse through his ‘Bharat Yatra’, promised to voice issues of Kashmiri children on his Monday’s visit to Srinagar.
On the sidelines of his Yatra in Bhopal, Satyarthi shared his quest saying his visit to Kashmir was not only to wage a war against what he called as “moral epidemic” - child abuse but also to draw world attention to the plight of “children of violence being exploited for financial gains in the Valley”.
Asked whether he was going to speak about the killings of children including minors caused under the Armed Power Special Power Act (AFSPA) in Kashmir or plans to call for UN convention against the long-pending plight, he said, “I will definitely speak about it, Kashmiri children are my own children.”
In Kashmir, children have borne the brunt of conflict for the past three decades with thousands left orphaned, hundreds killed, injured, tortured and arrested.
Satyarthi is set to reach Srinagar on October 9 as part of his foot rally across India.
“I see the pain Kashmiri people are going through and I promise to speak their voice on my visit to Srinagar,” Satyarti said. “I will seek protection of children from both state and central government before I conclude this journey.”
On child abuse, the 64-year-old said, he would begin his Srinagar journey with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who would also join his campaign against child abuse across the State.
The campaigner was conferred Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 with Pakistan’s youngest peace prize winner and education activist MalalaYousafzai.
His 35-day-long ‘Bharat Yatra’ aimed at policy moves, covering 11,000 kilometres across India had begun on September 11 and would culminate in New Delhi on October 16.


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