IIM Rohtak hosted Dr. Subhash Chandra Show on September 2nd, 2017. Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi was among the guests present for the show. Mr. Satyarthi said that one in every two child has been a victim of child abuse and enlightened the audience of students on how to tackle this issue.
“Child abuse has become an epidemic in our society and the sole reason for this is our reluctance to discuss it openly,” observed Nobel laureate Dr. Kailash Satyarthi. He added, “In schools, adolescents and teenagers are taught every kind of safety, but our parents and teachers are strait-laced in addressing the child’s social safety.”
Mr. Satyarthi was addressing the students at IIM Rohtak along with Dr. Subhash Chandra, Member of Rajya Sabha, on the issue of “child abuse”. Quoting figures to highlight the gravity of the situation, he said, “According to a 2016-17UN report, 53% of children have been victims of sexual harassment before the age of 18 years.”
The saddest part is that almost 70-80% of sexual harassment cases happen within the family. The victims often do not have the courage to report such incidences. At other occasions, they are discouraged by their parents fearing that the name and honour of the family will be in jeopardy. “Instead of shaming the victims, it is past time that the society dishonoured the perpetrators and boycotted them instead.”
Mr. Satyarthi said that in the year 2016, 15000 cases of child abuses were reported out of which only 10% could be trialled and 90% are still pending. He suggested that, “There is an ardent need of special judges in courts especially handling cases related to child abuses wherein speedy trials could be done. Along with it, witness protection should be provided so that people come forward without any fear to help bringing justice to the victims.”
Mr. Kailash Satyarthi urged the students to stand united against this menace of child abuse, howsoever the circumstances are. He quoted his own example of standing firmly against child labour. In his quest, he faced several threats and resistance. The physical assaults have had long lasting effects on his body. Yet, these could not deter his spirit and now he has initiated a war against child sexual abuse by organising a “Bharat Yatra” from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The 1600 mile long walk would begin on 11th of September ’17 and would end in the national capital on 16th October, 2017.
He concluded with a strong message, “We as a society should move forward together to prevent our nation from becoming hollow and save the next generation from this predicament of child abuse.”
The Show continued with Dr. Subhash Chandra giving his valuable insights to the young management students on how to manage time effectively. He advised the students to achieve work-life integration rather than to strive for work-life balance. He also urged the students to instil within themselves the confidence that can lead them to success.
Dr. Chandra had few questions for Director IIM Rohtak Prof. Dheeraj Sharma. On being asked how he continues to study for all these long years, Prof Sharma said, “Seeking knowledge is an addiction. You can never have enough of it.” “Books are not the only source of knowledge, life experiences play an even vital role towards increasing knowledge,” he concluded.