Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi lauded the Centre’s demonetisation effort and said that “crimes like human trafficking and child labour contribute to black money.” The child rights activist, on Twitter, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the “bold step”.
Satyarthi said the the campaign against black money will “create a lot of problems for traffickers, slave masters, and those employing child labourers.” He said the country needs enforcement laws to protect the poor, particularly children, from being abused. “Otherwise, the situation will not change,” he told DNA.
The activist said, “Every single rupee earned by traffickers and slave masters is black money. This move will break their backbone,” PTI reported. Satyarthi also called on members of the Parliament to dedicate a day of the session to discuss problems related to children in the country. He said, “The fight against child labour, child trafficking and child sexual abuse need higher political will,” the news agency reported.
The Nobel Laureate will launch an initiative titled, “youth for youth” campaign and a “Laureates and leaders for Children Summit” on December 10 and 11, which will be attended by Nobel laureates and leaders from across the world. A statement issued by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation said the summit will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day in India.