Amitabh Bachchan, the much-loved Indian actor, has recorded an impassioned video message, imploring the citizens to join the ‘war against rape and abuse of children’. This is in support of Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s Bharat Yatra – a 35-day journey through India that started from Kanyakumari, on September 11.
The Yatra is an extension of Satyarthi’s belief of Surakshit Bachpan and Surakshit Bharat. It marks the launch of Satyarthi’s three-year campaign against child rape and child sexual abuse which is aimed at increasing the awareness about these issues as well as encourage people to come forward and report such cases. It will also work towards strengthening intuitional responses, including medical health and compensations, ensuring protection for victims and witnesses during trials, and increasing time-bound convictions in cases of child sexual abuse.
Backing the project, Bachchan urged the viewers to create a safe environment for children, become more proactive about the cause, and support it wholeheartedly across the country. He also appealed to the public to take a hard look at things happening in the country and not dismiss them; instead, break the pervasive silence and do away with the mentality of “We saw, but we witnessed nothing. We heard, but our ears were deaf…”
“These children are our tomorrow. They are the future of this country. Let’s lead them away from the darkness of abuse. Kailash Satyarthi Ji has launched a peaceful war against child abuse. Let’s all join him in this struggle,” Bachchan said in the video.
Bharat Yatra has also received support from Google Maps, which has marked the journey’s route, requesting users to join the Nobel Laureate in his quest to eradicate violence against children in the country.