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Nobel Laureate gives thumbs up to work done by Batla House girl

A poster made by Batla House resident Sana for Bharat Yatra has got thumbs up from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

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Sana is student of Faculty of Fine Arts, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Kailash Satyarthi shared the poster on his official page and wrote this: “हमारी बेटियां अपनी आवाज़ उठा रही हैं, आगे बढ़ रही हैं। जामिया विश्वविद्यालय की छात्रा सना ने भारत यात्रा के लिए यह पोस्टर बना कर भेजा।
आप भी कुछ कीजिए।”

The post solicited several comments. “Thank you for giving life to our wings Desh Raj Vir sir and Kailash Satyarthi Sir… The acknowledgement indeed brings the zeal to do more….,” wrote Sana.

“I made the poster for those children who are trapped in child labour. I pray that this movement gets successful. I am always willing to contribute to the noble cause,” Sana told OT.COM.

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Many residents said they were delighted to know about it. “It is indeed achievement for this Jamia student, who is resident of Batla House. Her work being acknowledged by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi is a big achievement. We all know that child labour is not a good thing and the residents of Okhla are with Kailash Satyarthi in his fight to address the most burning issue of our society,” said activist Jawed Iqbal Khan.

“Sana is volunteering for Bharat Yatra through her creativity with handmade posters. Her posters are appreciated by Kailash Satyarthi and the selected posters will be used as the publicity material of Bharat Yatra. Sana classmates at Jamia Wasif, Eram and Almas are also volunteering for Bharat Yatra through the digital poster making, said Desh Raj Singh, Manager Campaigns, Bharat Yatra.

“The growing violence against children, particularly child sexual abuse and child trafficking is a matter of grave concern, said the organiser.

“Every 30 minutes a child is abused in India. Every 2 minutes a child is trafficked. Despite many laws and policies in India, thousands of children – especially girls – are not safe in our neighborhoods, schools, public places and homes.

“These crimes cannot be curtailed only by state efforts, but require a grassroots mass awareness and mobilization. It is in this backdrop that the Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has initiated a mammoth youth awareness campaign – A nation-wide march in India – ‘The Bharat Yatra’, from Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari to Delhi from 11th September to 16th October, 2017. The motto for Bharat Yatra is ‘Surakshit Bachpan, Surakshit Bharat’ or ‘Safe Childhood Safe India’.

“The main Yatra will be supported by six smaller Yatras from Assam, West Bengal, Orissa, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, which will merge with the main Yatra. The Yatra will cover the distance of almost 11,000 kms, across 22 States and Union Territories.

“The Yatra will witness up to various mass awareness programmes in a day. Events like, public discussions, debates, rallies, art competition. These programmes will include the participation of school and college students at the same platform as political and social leaders from their State, district, city, town or village along with media and corporate houses. These programmes would use dialectics, theatre, music and folklore in local languages to create awareness and ensure action against violence inflicted on children. Yatra focuses on sensitizing 10 million people to take a pledge – physically and virtually – to oppose any kind of violence inflicted on children,” said a representative.

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