“Either by talking or writing or whatever way possible, I just want to awake the sleeping souls of people,” said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, who recently launched his book named ‘Every Child Matters’.
The book is a culmination of Kailash Satyarthi’s writings and interviews, which makes the reader connect to the need to create safe environment for our children. He stated that his writing is a reflection of hope telling children that they can do it. In the book, he has also pointed out the materialistic nature of ‘development’ where the countries measure their growth through the GDP, side lining the education and health factors.
Starting his journey fighting for children rights in 1980s, Kailash Satyarthi is known to have liberated more than 80,000 children from forced labour and human trafficking. He believes that there is no greater violence than denying children to dream. When a child victim doesn’t get the ‘so called justice’ on time, it adds up one more layer of injustice done to him/her. The criminal might get punished but it would still not be just as the childhood that was snatched from the child cannot be given back. Talking of the value of freedom, he said, “If anyone takes away our freedom, it is against our dignity. To be able to write, talk, move forward in life and to live our childhood is what freedom truly means but some children are deprived of this right.” He spread the message by saying that ‘Since we are born free, we have to live free!’
Also talking about freedom was the Supreme Court judge, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who was present at the launch. He remarked, “The idea of freedom for one generation will always be incomplete if it cannot perpetuate to the next generations.” He also highlighted how due to the socio-economic conditions prevailing in the country where the children help in their family enterprise, the Amendment Bill 2016 provides that children can help their families after school hours or during vacations only in non-hazardous occupations. This clearly ensures children’s schooling as per the provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009.
Thanking the Indian Judiciary for support, Kailash Satyarthi said that change is possible when social effort and Judiciary work together.