(AFP) – Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi is about to launch a new campaign Bruised and battered from previous campaigns against
child labour, India’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi hopes one million people will join his latest drive starting Monday — against the sexual abuse and trafficking of children.
“These children are trafficked… sold and bought like animals. Sometimes at lesser prices than animals.” “Satyarthi said.
More than 9,000 children were trafficked in India in 2016, up nearly 25 percent from the previous year, according to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
About 14,000 children were victims of rape and sexual harassment in 2015, data from the National Crime Records Bureau showed.
But those figures may only be the tip of the iceberg, with experts saying the government underestimates the numbers in a country where a shroud of
silence surrounds such crimes.
Satyarthi hopes his “India March”, which will kick off from the country’s southernmost tip of Kanyakumari and finish in New Delhi on October 16 after travelling across all 29 states and seven union territories, will open people’s eyes to the mounting epidemic.