Kailash Satyarthi shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani child rights activist Malala. He and his organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) – Save Childhood Movement, have single-handedly brought to centre-stage the debate on child rights in India.
Both of them together have freed 80,000 children from servitude including bonded laborers, and helped in their successful re-integration, rehabilitation and education.
There are only about five million child workers in India officially, but NGOs and others say the actual figure is ten times as much.
Satyarthi gave up a promising career as an electrical engineer. He highlighted child labor as a human rights issue as well as a welfare matter and charitable cause
Several prestigious awards were awarded to him, including Defenders of Democracy Award (2009-US), Alfonso Comin International Award (2008-Spain), Medal of the Italian Senate (2007-Italy), and Robert F. Kennedy International Human Rights Award (US).