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  • Walk for children’s safety and India will walk with you, says President to Nobel Peace Laureate

JAMMU:I humbly propose 3 things- legal deterrence, resources for children and preventive measures to be taken for the safety and security for children across the country’: Kailash Satyarthi. In his meeting with the President Ram Nath KovindMr. Satyarthi urged the Government to set up a National Children’s Tribunal. “This body would be like the NGT, and would oversee effective and expeditious disposal of cases related to child abuse and assault, rehabilitation in cases of abuse and other safety matters including enforcement of laws and relief and compensation for damage and trauma,” he said.

Second, he said, to reap the benefits of India’s democratic dividend, India should have a higher budgetary allocationfor children. Currently it is about 4%. Mr. Satyarthi said that every ministry should have a special allocation for children as child protection budget. This will help prioritise children in every realm of India’s administrative functioning.

Third, to prevent children across India, survivors of the most grievous forms of trafficking, are demanding that a strong Anti-Human Trafficking law be passed with a renewed sense of urgency. Let us promise them today, that a strong anti-human trafficking law be passed in the upcoming session of parliament. I look to the leadership of this country to listen, and act.”

The Hon’ble President of India joined the Nobel Peace Laureate to light the Bal Suraksha Jyoti, a Diya and symbolically call out to children who are shrouded in the darkness of abuse to walk towards the light of freedom. Mr. Satyarthi said, “the Bal Suraksha Jyoti that Hon’ble President lit today in the name of children will reach the last child in darkest corner of this country. Every household should light a lamp for Bachpan (childhood).”

President of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind, said, “Kailash Satyarthi’s Bharat Yatra will be remembered as the one of the historic movements of social change, world over.”

“On one hand, man has created many scientific miracles, while on the other side, demons in the guise of humans, even today, are playing with our children's lives. If a child is insecure today, the whole society is guilty for this situation. What Kailash ji is trying to do is to break the silence that we have grown up in, when our society asked us to keep quiet, reinforced when our parents told us not to talk. It is a commendable step. I am told that through this Bharat Yatra he has addressed several stakeholders thereby awakening the social conscience of the country,” he said.

He further added that, “Prime Minister Modi talks about a progressive‘New India’ by2022. The year is also historic as India celebrates its 75th year of Independence. I urge Mr. Satyarthi to draw a five-year road map to help build an India that is safe for children, free of all abuse because without that, we cannot progress towards building the New India we have visualized.”

October 16th, marked the culmination of the Bharat Yatra. The Yatra was a movement to dispel the ignorance that pervades the society and replace it with the light of fearlessness, and today, the President of India himself lit the diya to declare his support for this noble cause.

Mr. Satyarthi also told the President, “India has recently prohibited all forms of child labour and ratified the crucial ILO Conventions No.138 and 182. I congratulate the Government of India for the historic step, and India is now well on its way to achieving the complete elimination of child labour by the year 2025, as per the SDGs,” added the Nobel Peace Laureate

Mr Kailash Satyarthi’s Bharat Yatra or the ‘war against rape’ as he has termed successfully concluded its 35-day journey across the country, demanding for the safety and security of children across the country.

The Bharat Yatra looked to achieve amongst its key missions, strong laws to be passed against traffickers and child rapists, strengthened institutional response in the medical, political, policing and judicial spheres of the country and the growth of compassion and awareness Between 11th September and 16th October, the Bharat Yatra has touched the lives of more than 6 crore children and marchers across India by spreading the awareness that was hitherto lacking in our country.

Starting from Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu, the Yatra received support from various ministers and political leaders in each of the 22 states it travelled through. Andhra Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu announced the creation of a global policy institute under the direction of the Nobel Peace Laureate, while in Mr. Satyarthi’s home state of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan promised to push for the death penalty as a punishment for child sexual assault.He also invited the Nobel Laureate to discuss policies to make MP a child friendly state. Recently, Mr. Bhagwant Khumba, Member of Parliament, Bidar in Karnataka assured Mr. Satyarthi that he would propose a day of discussion in parliament focussed on children and their safety, security and well-being, while Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh promised to structure and implement child friendly police stations in the state of Punjab.

Judicial response to the Bharat Yatra has also been extremely positive, with Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee personally assuring Mr. Satyarthi that he would see to the disposal of pending POCSO cases in the state of Karnataka.

The Yatra was the beginning of a long-term plan to ensure that the country is fully equipped to prevent the occurrence of trafficking and sexual assault of children and to provide the compensation necessary in the event of an unfortunate incident.

Highlights of the Bharat Yatra

·         Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh assures passing the anti-trafficking bill

·         Chief Ministers and ministers across the 22 states have assured taking specific steps to curb child abuse and trafficking

·         Judiciary across States have assured fast tracking POCSO cases and setting up child-friendly courts

·         Over 6 crore citizens mobilized, over 22 states covering 11,000 kms.

·      Film celebrities Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Dhanush, LathaRajnikath, Vivek Oberoi, provide whole hearted support for the Yatra. Indian Ocean render music to the song ‘NikalPade Hein’ written by Mr. Satyarthi

·         Google India partnered with the Bharat Yatra and chalked out the route to show their solidarity for the cause.


·         President of India lights the diya with Kailash Satyarthi to dispel the darkness of child abuse

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DEHRADUN:  Babar, the Pashmina Activist was formally invited by  Graphics Era University, Dehradun for a talk. He was invited to share his work with the MBA and BBA students at the campus and share his project work with them. Babar is the founder of the Global Pashmina Goat Project and the University had organized the talk for students where the focus was Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Social change and building a social enterprise. Babar shared the challenges of the Pashmina Eco-System of India due to climate change and fake pashmina.

The students were shown a documentary of the work of the Pashmina activist which was followed by intense question and answer session. The students of Graphics Era University showed eager interest to work with Babar as interns and participate and learn about the pashmina eco system of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh. Babar took the opportunity to share his journey and challenges faced by him and the creative ways of finding solutions to problems and how he has been able to manage a large impact with his work. Babar got a standing ovation from three hundred students at the Graphics Era University. Featured regularly in state, national and international media, he has been referred many times as “the most credible man on Pashmina in the world”.

 He is also a proud recipient of the Shri. Rabindranath Tagore, B R Ambedkar Award, Rajiv Gandhi Excellence, Bharat Gaurav Awards, Karmaveer Chakra instituted with UN. As a professional Babar has worked with top organizations including McKinsey & Company Inc. and Computer Associates in India, USA, UK, Middle East and Saudi Arabia as a Business Consultant, Hacker and an Information Security Architect and Project Manager. He is a graduate in Electronics and a Post Graduate in Business and hold over 25 High End International Business and Computer Certifications and is also a Certified PMP from PMI (USA). Babar is a WIRED Innovation Fellow UK, REX Global Fellow and a multiple TEDx speaker and a TED Residency finalist New York. Babar is also an author and his book “6 Times Thinner, the call of Pashmina” is becoming popular with school and college students.



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BENGALURU: A group of 19  High School children (Boys)   along with 2 teachers from Budgam district of  Jammu and Kashmir are on their  visit to  Bengaluru and back  from 9th Oct  to 12 Oct2017   as part of  Capacity Building Tour (CBT), under  “OPERATION SADBHAVANA”, organized by the   Indian Army and coordinated by the Headquarters Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area. The students arrived in Bengaluru on 9th October   visited Army Public School, Rashtriya Military School, Visvesvaraya Industriaand Technological Museum, Aquarium Art Gallery, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium and Vidhana Soudha. They also visited Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area and met Major General KS Nijjar,  General Officer Commanding of  Karnataka and  Kerala Sub Area.


The main focuss of this boys exclusive CBT is to increase their awareness  about the latest advancement in the field of science and technology, software Industry, business management, hospitality and service industry. While providing them the exposure to the employment opportunities it will also be endeavour to show the unity and diversity, rich heritage and economic progress made by the country. The interaction of children from terror affected regions of Jammu and Kashmir with large cross section of the society will help bring about a significiant attitudinal awaking amongst the participants.  The CBT will not only assist the children of this remote area to become better citizens but will also motivate them to assist in the overall development of the region and the country.