Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi appealed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save the children of the country from slavery, forced marriage and bonded labour as the country is going through the worst drought.
“Reports of children being forced into child labour, trafficking, child marriage, and the devadasi (dedicating girls to service in temples) system are coming to light with children increasingly dropping out from school … and large scale migration due to this crisis,” he wrote to PM.
“Owing to this drought and the on-going water crisis, children are becoming increasingly vulnerable. In the coming months, there is an increased risk of lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of children becoming victims of these circumstances,” he added.
He also said that since thousand of breadwinners in the households inhabiting in the drought-hit area started leaving the family to fetch water and food, situation of women, elderly people and children there are getting vulnerable.”Exploitation of traffickers in such a situation is very common,” he said.
The letter was circulated to the media on Tuesday by his office.
According to the figures published from his office, the child trafficking cases in ten drought-hit states had risen by 24 percent, while the number of students dropping school reached at 22 percent.
Earlier, the Government data made it clear that 330 million in the country, especially in Maharashtra and karnataka are facing difficulties due to scarcity of water. Among them many children have died due to dehydration and lack of sufficient drinking water.