Young Indians (Yi) Project MASOOM was conceived to keep children safe by creating awareness on Child Sexual Abuse amongst young children, parents and other stakeholders. Project MASOOM was launched nationally by Dr Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) on 12th March 2015. Yi Masoom has conducted more than 300 awareness sessions in the year 2016-17 and impacted more than 20 Lac individuals including children, parents and other stakeholders.

KSCF launched the “100 million for 100 million” campaign, which aims to mobilize 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world, to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated, over the next 5 years.

Yi Partnership with KSCF

To fulfill our aim to curb the social bane of Child Sexual Abuse further and increase our reach and enhance our efforts towards this cause, we partnered with the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) during our Annual Summit “Take Pride 2017”.

Yi is the strategic partner for the KSCF’s 100 million for 100 million Global Campaign and it gives us immense pleasure to support this noble initiative. As part of the Campaign activities in India, KSCF is launching a physical national march Bharat Yatra.

“Bharat Yatra” is the Indian chapter of the KSCF Global campaign 100 million for 100 million and scheduled from 11 September 2017 to 16 October 2017. It is routed through 20 Chapters of Young Indians covering 11,000 kms across 22 states and Union Territories.

Chapter 1 : Curtain Raiser “Official launch of Bharat Yatra Website” A Media Event

Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017 | Time: 09:45am- 12:00noon | Venue: BSE International Convention Hall, Mumbai

 

Young Indians had co-organized the Curtain Raiser of Bharat Yatra website launch held at BSE on 24th August, 2017 in Mumbai.

Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) set the context of the event and welcomed the Nobel Laureate Mr Kailash Satyarthi along with Ashish Kumar Chauhan (MD & CEO, BSE), Mr Madhur Deora (Senior VP & CFO, Paytm), Mr. Vivek Gambhir (MD,Godrej Products Ltd), Mr. Srikanth Joshi (MD, L & T Realty), Mr Vivek Oberoi (Bollywood Celebrity) and Mr. Abanis Nayak  ( Chair – Projects, CII – Young Indians ) on the Dias.

Ashish Kumar Chauhan (Managing Director & CEO, BSE), Mr. Madhur Deora (CFO of Paytm), Mr. Vivek Gambhir (Managing Director at Godrej Consumer Products Ltd), and Srikanth Joshi (CEO & MD, L&T Realty Ltd) spoke about the issues of child sexual abuse and trafficking, their whole hearted support for the Bharat Yatra and also urging people to join.

Addressing on Satyarthi’s initiative, Mr. Abanis Nayak  ( Chair – Projects, CII – Young Indians ), “On behalf of Young Indians, I extend support to Mr Kailash Satyarthi for the Bharat Yatra. Our Project Masoom is also working on to curb the social bane of Child Sexual Abuse and Masoom teams across 40 Yi chapters are geared up for the Bharat Yatra thus making it a grand success”.  He assured Yi participation in the Bharat Yatra to reach out the nation at large to create awareness about these issues.

Mr Vivek Oberoi, Bollywood actor also pledged his support to the Yatra and also share his life experiences..

On the grounds for the Yatra Mr Kailash Satyarthi mentioned “I have declared a war on rape of innocence, freedom and smiles of our children. Bharat Yatra against child sexual abuse and trafficking is not merely a campaign. It’s a war”.

The event flow went by the launch of the Bharat Yatra website which was done by Mr Kailash Satyarthi along with the business leaders and Yi.

It was a very stimulating event ended by a Vote of Thanks to all the business leaders for supporting the noble cause and thereby creating a buzz about the Yatra.

Chapter 2 : Inauguration of Bharat Yatra

Date: 11 September 2017 | Venue: Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari

 

The Bharat Yatra flagged off by Shri Kailash Sathyarthi from the Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari in the presence of The Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri. Pon. Radhakrishnan, Dignitaries, Press & Media and Core Marches on 11 September 2017. Bharat Yatra will pass through 22 states and union territories over 35 days covering over 11,000 kilometres, stretching to western India and reaching Delhi.

Mr. Satyarthi said, “I believe more the people, louder the voice, greater the awareness and faster the action. The Bharat Yatra aims to build a universal consensus. The vision that I have dreamt and nurtured for several decades- a world free of child sexual abuse and violence against children must now become the motto of every citizen of India. Only then we will see our children, safe and secure.”

Yi members also attended the ceremony. Ms Fathima Bathool Maluk, Chair, Yi Masoom also addressed the august gathering and shared “Bharat Yatra will enhance & fight against the issues related to children including child labor, child trafficking and child sexual abuse and the presence of credible organisations would help enhance the reach and impact on this much needed social cause. Yi has a huge network across the country and through its 40 chapters it would extend its support to this march towards creating a safer and better India for children”.

 

Chapter 3 : Bharat Yatra at Trivandrum

Date: 11 & 12th September 2017 | Venue: Thiruvananthapuram

 

September 11, 2017

Bharat Yatra welcomed at Kerala Border by Young Indian Trivandrum Chapter members and supporters gathered at NIMS Medicity, Thiruvananthapuram.

September 12, 2017

Shri. Kailash Satyarthi and the Yatra reached Sarvodaya School where he addressed over 2000 children, parents on the problems of child sexual abuse, trafficking and how to country must come together to combine it. Later, Children from schools in the city marched from Manaveeyam Veedhi to Tagore Theatre.

A Public Meeting with Hon. Chief Minister, Government of Kerala, organized by Govt of Kerala (Coordinated by ICPS & Social Justice Department). Honorable Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state would not tolerate the crimes against children. He said the children in the state were safer compared to other states. Children should get a care free childhood to mold them into citizens.

Interactive session & Dinner meeting with Shri. Kailash Satyarthi, organized by Yi Trivandrum Chapter at Hotel Residency Tower, Thiruvananthapuram.

Sujith Cherian, Chair, Yi Trivandrum welcomed Shri. Kailash Satyarthi and invited the entire guest to the dais. The invited guests for the session were Mr. M S Faizal Khan, Managing Director, NIMS Medicity; Mr. Gopinath Muthukad, Renowned Magician & Child Activist.

In the keynote address, Shri. Kailash Satyarthi said the Bharat Yatra was launched with the objective of fighting child abuse. “We are marching over 11,000 kilometers through 22 states. This Yatra is the first of its kind in the history and the largest social movement being built on this issue,” he added. He also thanked Young Indians for supporting the Bharat Yatra across the country.

The Yatra is the launch of the three-year campaign against child rape and child sexual abuse which is aimed at increasing awareness and reporting of the cases, strengthening intuitionist response including medical health and compensations, ensuring protection for victims and witnesses during trials and increasing convictions of Child sexual abuse in time bound manner.

Over 300 marchers and invited guest were present at the function. On behalf of Yi Trivandrum Chapter, Dr. Arun Surendran, Chapter Co-Chair handed over a canvas painting to Shri. Kailash Satyarthi created  by a Yi Member, Ms. Gifty Devasia. Yi Trivandrum Chapter extended full support to Bharat Yatra on behalf of Yi.

Chapter 4 : Bharat Yatra Madurai

Date: 14 September 2017 | Venue: Madurai

 

The Madurai leg of Bharat Yatra is fully coordinated and arranged by Young Indians, Madurai Chapter. The District Collector Mr Veera Raghava Rao, IAS, Participated in the awareness session and flagged off the human chain which was formed across Teppakulam, Madurai with around 1500 students.

The Yi Madurai Chapter Chair Mr Vijay Darshan, Yi Masoom Member, Ms. Rachna Binani and Yi Madurai Masoom Chair, Ms R Divyeah, Admiral Rahul Sharawat and Coordinator of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation presided in the massive event.

Chapter 5 : Bharat Yatra Bengaluru

Date: 16 September 2017 | Venue: Bengaluru

 

A minute to prevent Child Sexual Abuse – Young Indians – Leher, launched by Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate, Launches a one minute film making competition against Child Sexual Abuse.

Earlier this week we were fuming at the reports of Child Abuse that came from various parts of the country. We voiced our concerns, probably posted about it on social media and signed many a petition. However over time this intention fizzles away, until the next gory act recurs.

Every 5th Child in India is thought to face critical forms of Child Abuse. 40% of India’s children are susceptible to threats (being homeless, trafficking, crime etc.) .Behind these numbers and data is probably a child you know.

If you are a film maker and want to Be The Change, to help make India safe again, register for Leher. Young Indians – CII Bengaluru , launched this one minute film competition in the presence of Shri Kailash Sayarthi , Nobel Laureate today at the Nehru Bal Bhavan, Bangalore.

“ Yi Bengaluru through Masoom has taught 1.5 lakh children on safe-unsafe touch. We trained 600+ teachers. However we realised that Child Abuse cannot be prevented by knee jerk initiatives. A continuous stream of knowledge is needed for all stake holders. There is also a dearth of video material that is socially relevant to India. This made us think what if we could release an one minute video every week for a year. That resulted in Leher”, shared Dr Kaushik Murali , Chair Young Indians CII Bengaluru.
Laeeq Ali , CoChair Young Indians CII Bengaluru Chapter shared.“30 million urban children and many more across rural india have acess to a mobile. With 43% of them accessing the internet , creating a short video that could easily be shared was the most logical way to achieve scale in educating children and other stakeholders about child abuse. We now invite film makers who will take on the challenge to compete and make the best 1 minute film. These would be released one a week and would eventually be a repository for all NGOs , Parents , Teachers & Schools who wish to use this medium to educate stakeholders.”

Film makers would not only have the satisfaction of helping prevent child abuse , but would also benefit from cash prizes , recognition at Big Bang Awards , Bangalore and stand a chance to feature at film festivals.

“It is upto us to make India safe again.Through this Bharath Yatra my resolve has strengthened to end abuse of our children. I congratulate Young Indians who have through their Masoom initiative have impacted lakhs of children across India. This initiative of Leher of Young Indians Bengaluru would play an important role in increasing awareness and i look forward to being there when the best films are recognised next year with the award.” Shared Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

Various partners of Young Indians – District Child Protection Unit, Bangalore, Faith Foundation, Storywallahs, Mukta Initiative, Sankara Eye Hospital, Origami Creative and Ad Club Bangalore were honoured.

Young Indians Bengaluru, CII comprises of professionals and entrepreneurs united with a mandate of Nation Building. Project Masoom is one of the social projects on eliminating child sexual abuse. Young Indians have embarked on an ambitious project to run a year long campaign of 1 minute videos against child abuse. More information on www.yibangalore.com/leher or write to yibangalore@cii.in .

Chapter 6 : Bharat Yatra Chennai

Date: 17 September 2017 | Venue: Chennai

 

Yi Chennai Chapter in full support and participation to the Bharat Yatra team. Our yuva members fm various colleges stood strong to support. The event was flagged of by none other than the Chief Justice Ms Indira Banerjee along with Sir Kilash Satyarthi at Stella Maris college. The surprise entry of the mega Star Dhanush along with his family Mrs Soundarya, Ms Aishwarya, Mrs latha RajaniKanth and Mr Pandiya raj (ch minister) walked their mile to make a difference. We had the privilege of meeting Sir Kailash Satyarthi at lunch where he shared his view and interacted closely with every members present. He was very happy to hear from us on our work done our strategy of work the professional trainners set up etc. He has guided us to join his mission and Train more people to handle and spread the awareness programs. The event closed with the press meet and addressing the open gathering of citizens of Chennai at Loyola college. Our participation and Various NGOs and individual organisations moved every inch to make this show a remarkable event.

Chapter 7 : Bharat Yatra Awareness on Child Abuse

Date: 17 September 2017 | Venue: Salem

 

On 15 September 2017, around 200 volunteers from across the nation, joined in the rally and around 300 volunteers from local schools participated in the rally, Smt Rohini P. Bhajibhakare, District Collector, Salem and Thiru Sanjay Kumar, Commissioner, Salem District flagged off the rally around 10:45 am at the Collectorate roundana here in the city. Mr SS Yuvaraj, Chairman, CII Salem District & Mr S Vikgnesh, Chair, Yi Salem Chapter joined the rally.

Rally travelled through Salem District Collector office – Fly-over – Anna Park and ended at Mahatma Gandhi Stadium which was represented by Members of Yi Salem District and student volunteers from Zee Thangam Mt Litera School & Royal Park School, Salem.

Chapter 8 : Bharat Yatra – A March to End Child Sexual Abuse and Child Trafficking

Date: 22 & 23 September 2017 | Venue: Guwahati

 

Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) along with Young Indians Guwahati Chapter conducted March on 22nd & 23rd September’17 as part of KSCF 100 million for 100 million children global campaign where Young Indians, the youth wing of Confederation of Indian Industry is the strategic partner. The motto of this campaign is to meet 100 million people across the country and create awareness on children related issues like child labor, child trafficking, child sexual abuse etc. The India’s module of the Global campaign named as Bharat Yatra which comprises of one main yatra and 6 branch yatras.

On 22nd the march was organized from Gauhati University campus to Jalukbari.where more than 1000 participants joined for the march.

On 23rd Yi Guwahati Chapter organized an exclusive session with Nobel Peace Laureate Mr Kailash Satyarthi and its members and Yuva participants. The Yuva Students of Downtown University also performed a skit on Child Sexual Abuse and Child Trafficking as part of the session. The event was well attended by members and invitees and reported extensively by local media.

Chapter 10 : Bharat Yatra – Yi Siliguri Chapter

Date: 26 & 27 September 2017 | Venue: Siliguri

 

Bharat Yatra team reached Siliguri on 26 September, 2017. Yi Siliguri had organized a welcome program to felicitate the marchers of the Yatra. Yi members along with students, teachers & representatives of local associations supported the Yatra.

On 27 September, 2017 people from all over the Siliguri joined the rally in order to support the cause. The rally began from Ram Krishna Club and moved via Bidhan Market, Hill Cart Road, Sevoke Road and ended at Pani tanki. Rally was joined by more than 400 people.

Chapter 11 : Bharat Yatra – A March to End Child Sexual Abuse and Child Trafficking

Date: 02 & 03 October 2017 | Venue: Indore

 

Yi Indore chapter have organized an interaction with Shri Kailash Satyarthi, on 02 October 2017 at Indore.

During the interaction, Mr Anuj Kothari, National Vice Chairman, Young Indians mentioned “Yi association with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation has strengthened with Bharat Yatra, as Yi is supporting the Yatra across 24 cities in a joint mission to make India a safer place for children by preventing child sexual abuse”. Mr Satyarthi congratulated Yi team and endorsed our Project Masoom, which creates awareness on good touch & bad touch. The Interaction was attended by around 50 people including Yi & CII members.

On 03 October 2017, Yi Indore participated in a rally to support Bharat Yatra. The rally was started from Holkar Science College after the address of Mr Satyarthi & concluded at Devi Ahilya Vishvavidhyalaya. The rally was supported & participated by more than 5000 people.

Chapter 12 : Bharat Yatra – A March to End Child Sexual Abuse and Child Trafficking

Date: 06 October 2017 | Venue: Bhopal

 

Yi Bhopal chapter has welcomed and marched with Mr. Kailash Satyarthi on 6th Oct 2017. A grand ceremony was organized at TT Nagar Dussehra Ground where Yi Bhopal chapter members welcomed the core marchers along with Mr. Satyarthi. The ceremony was attended by Mr Deepak Joshi, Minister for Higher Education, Govt of Madhya Pradesh along with 5000 students. A march was also organized from TT Nagar Dussehra Ground to TT Nagar Stadium.

Mr. Satyarthi thanked Yi members for their contribution and initiated the march towards TT Nagar stadium. Yi members led the march along with 5000 marchers and reached TT Nagar stadium, where another 10000 students joined. The concluding ceremony was attended by Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh at TT Nagar Stadium.

Chapter 13 : The Bharat Yatra at Jaipur

Date: 11 October 2017 | Venue: Poornima University, Jaipur

 

Yi Jaipur Chapter in association with The Poornima Foundation participated in The BHARAT YATRA Led by Noble Peace Laureate Sh. Kailash Satyarthi at Poornima Institute of Engineering & Technology On Oct 11, 2017.

The following guests graced the occasion with their benign presence as Chief Guest and Guest of Honors in the formal inaugural function.

1. Chief Guest: Sh.Kailash Satyarthi – Noble Peace Laureate (2014)
2. Guest of Honor: Shmt. Sumedha Kailash
3. Guest of Honor: Umed Singh Rathore
4. Guest of Honor: Vivek Lodha – Chair – Yi Jaipur Chapter
5. Guest of Honor: Engineer Mohd. Saleem

The following dignitaries were also graced the occasion with their kind presence.
1. Sh. Shashikant Singhi, Chairman, Poornima Foundation
2. Ar. Rahul Singhi, Director, Poornima Foundation
3. Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal, Director, PIET
4. Mrs. Renu Singhi Advisor, Poornima Alumni Association

The Event started with a small rally from PIET gate to Open Area Theatre (OAT), PIET by Sh. Kailash Satyarthi along with the participants

Sh. Kailash Satyarthi Ji addressed about the idea and reason for starting this 14,000 KM long march to end the Child abuse and trafficking which was started on 11 September 2017 from the peninsular region of India Kanyakumari with a thousand volunteers and children. He mentioned that 10,000 volunteers joined them after they started this campaign. He delightedly shared his exceptional experience of pledging with 4 crore people all over the country at the same time for such a benevolent cause. Later on, he expressed his thoughts and views against the horrendous scenario of Child abuse and trafficking. Along with this he shared some heart trembling incidences of child abuse and human trafficking which enforced him to commence this campaign to make India safe for children. After this he told about the power of youth of a nation and stated that any moment cannot be successful only by the aged leaders of the nation but it must be youth oriented and also required the support of youth and children. With this note he urged the youth and all the other guests & Dignitaries to take pledge against the child abuse and trafficking. He also appreciated the efforts put in by the Young Indians by spreading the awareness through their Masoom initiative.