Children still not national priority: Kailash Satyarthi
New Delhi, January 17th , 2019: Nobel Peace Laureate Mr.Kailash Satyarthi on Thursday said that the Indian Political class has failed its children by not prioritizing their welfare on the national agenda.
He went on to say that all political parties should come together to ensure that Indian Parliament should have at least one dedicated day to discuss issues and challenges related child safety, education and well being. He expressed his displeasure about the anti-trafficking bill not being debated upon in the Rajya Sabha.
He was speaking at 25th Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture on “safe Childhood, Safe India” at National Museum Auditorium, Janpath, New Delhi.
“India’s Political Class has once again failed millions of girls and boys who are bought and sold at price lesser than cattle. These victims of trafficking were anxiously hoping for the passage of the anti- trafficking bill in Rajya Sabha this time around, but their hopes were dashed. Children are yet not political priority and this painful thing has been proven once again,” Mr.Kailash Satyarthi, Founder, Bachpan Bachao Andolan said at the event.
“Mere sloganeering and rhetoric will never deliver justice and transform the society. From what everybody saw over the last few days, Parliament – the Temple of Democracy is being used for reaping political and electoral gains and it seems that our elected representatives are not concerned about far bigger issues that are ruining innocent childhoods,” Nobel Peace Laureate Mr.Kailash Satyarthi said at the event.
The Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture is delivered every year by an eminent personality on subject of topical interest. Memorial Lectures (1997 – 2018) were delivered by leading and distinguished personalities representing different walks of life.
“This is the first time that a Noble Prize winner has come to deliver the lecture at Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial, we are honored to have him for this year