India and Nepal should take urgent steps to prevent child trafficking, says Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
December 11, 2020 12:23 PM NPT
Nobel Peace Laureate and Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) founder Kailash Satyarthi.File photo: Agencies
NEW DELHI: Nobel Peace Laureate and Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) founder Kailash Satyarthi has said that India and Nepal should take urgent steps to prevent child trafficking amid the growing poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at a bilateral virtual Indo-Nepal Dialogue on Trafficking of Children Across Borders on Thursday, Satyarthi urged the authorities of India and Nepal to join the campaign to end child labor.
“Children in India and Nepal are suffering from the effects of the pandemic. With rising poverty and unemployment, along with school closures, they are at a higher risk of being trafficked, both within the borders and across the borders. Both countries must recognize and prevent this. Next year is the UN Year for the Elimination of Child Labor,” said Satyarthi urging government officials, law enforcement agencies and civil society of India and Nepal to join the campaign to end child labor.
On the occasion, speakers urged the two governments to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which may be designed in a manner similar to the MoU signed by India and Myanmar on bilateral cooperation for Prevention of Trafficking in Persons.
The dialogue brought together multiple stakeholders who highlighted the importance of various stakeholders including law enforcement officials, civil society organizations, child survivors and research institutions from the two countries. The speakers discussed the need for a portal on traffickers which can be used by law enforcement agencies of both countries.
Survivors also shared their stories at the virtual event. “If we are unable to secure a child’s present, then how do we expect children to be the future? There is an urgent need to take stringent action against trafficking,” said Arbind Kumar, a child labor survivor who now works with the BBA.