RAIPUR: Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) on Tuesday will be flagging-off its ambitious project of 'Mukti Caravan' - a campaign towards prevention of child trafficking and child labour - in tribal Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh . Led by the young survivors, the campaign aims to spread awareness, maintain records of children going missing and work towards rescue and search of the victims in collaboration with district administration.
The uniqueness of the programme is that it’s being led by the survivors of the state who have a deep rooted connection to the place, are well aware with the hamlets targeted by traffickers and recognize the vulnerable ones.
As a part of campaign work, Mukti Caravan, a campaign on wheels, goes from village to village to create awareness about the evil effects of child trafficking and child labor and importance of education for children.
“We try to create this awareness by holding meetings, street plays, posters and pamphlets distribution among the rural population against the evil of trafficking. These meetings/street plays are also the occasions for two-way exchange of information on issues relating to children. This campaign tool was conceptualized by KSCF founder, Kailash Satyarthi, in the year 1997. Since then, it has covered several states across the nation including Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh , Delhi and has mobilized over one million people by traversing a distance of 3 lakh km so far.”
As per the finding of NCRB, the crimes against children in Chhattisgarh have shown a growing trend with an increase of 152 per cent in last five years (2012-16), whereas out of all the persons trafficked in state, 51 per cent were below 18 years of age and 74 per cent of all the children who went missing in the state in 2016 were girls.
Keeping in view the high incidences of trafficking and related offences in the state of Chhattisgarh, Mukti Caravan is moving and covering the most trafficking prone districts of Chhattisgarh including Raigarh, Jashpur, Sarguja and Bilaspur with an aim to bring together various sections of society and institutions - including children, women, civil societies, panchayats, schools and colleges who come together under one umbrella for the sole purpose of protection and welfare of our children.
In this regard, Mukti-Caravan (campaign on wheels) shall be flagged off from Ranjita Stadium, Jashpur on October 15. The Caravan will move to Kunkuri block followed by Kansabel and Pathalgaon blocks where interaction sessions/nukkad-nataks and film screening shall be pursued.