Am going to end child slavery in my lifetime: Satyarthi

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New Delhi, Jan 8: Intensifying the battle to fight rights of children, both in India and worldwide, and ending child slavery in his lifetime is now the mission of Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

"We are moving towards freedom of children and I am going to see the end of child slavery in my lifetime. 35 years are not too many years in the history of human kind and 35 years ago this was a non-issue in my country as well as world over," Satyarthi said.

Kailash Satyarthi

"People thought that slavery has been abolished completely and now people have started accepting that children are being enslaved and we have to find an end to it," he said.

The 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate first book in Hindi "Azad Bachpan Ki Aur" here late last evening by Justice Dipak Misra, Judge, Supreme Court of India.

The book is a selection of articles penned by Mr Satyarthi on landmark movements, judgments, events and prominent policy intervention in his three decade long struggle for child rights. These writings chronicle the fight to end violence against children and provide a historical perspective to the efforts.

"This is my first book and I am proud it has been published in my mother tongue. The collection of articles in this book has been written at the most emotional and physically draining time of my life when I was fighting aggressively to rescue children," Satyarthi said.

Since the 1980s, the activist has been fighting various issues related to children and their rights. The book talks about issues of child labour, rescue operations, trafficking, child slavery, sexual abuse against children and illiteracy.

"This book brings Satyarthi's work which has been instrumental for judicial deliberation in respect of cases pertaining to trafficking, missing children, child labour and abuse. I am certain that the book will serve as an inspiration for all to work towards building a better future for our children," Misra said.

PTI

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