Nobel peace prize "an honour to children in slavery" - Satyarthi

by Reuters
Friday, 10 October 2014 10:07 GMT

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NEW DELHI, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Indian children's rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi dedicated the Nobel Peace Prize that he shared on Friday with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai to children in slavery.

"It's an honour to all those children who are still suffering in slavery, bonded labour and trafficking," Satyarthi told news channel CNN-IBN after he shared the prestigious award with Pakistani teenager Malala.

Satyarthi, 60, founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan - or Save the Childhood Movement - in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of 80,000 children.

"It's an honour to all my fellow Indians. I am thankful to all those who have been supporting my striving for more than the last 30 years," said Satyarthi.

The Peace Prize was shared between India and Pakistan amid intense crossfire on the frontier of the disputed territory of Kashmir. In his initial reaction, Satyarthi made no reference either to the conflict or to Malala.

"A lot of credit goes to the Indians who fight to keep democracy so alive and so vibrant, where I was able to keep my fight on," said Satyarthi.

"Something which was born in India has gone globally and now we have the global movement against child labour. After receiving this award I feel that people will give more attention to the cause of children in the world." (Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by John Chalmers and Jeremy Laurence)

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