“That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.”
This is a quote by Stan Lee that flashes at the very end of ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ and encapsulates the core meaning of being a superhero. And if we take a look at Kailash Satyarthi’s body of work, he’s as much of a superhero as the fictional ones we see on-screen.
Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s Bachpan Bachao Andolan has liberated more than 87,000 children in India from child labour, slavery and trafficking. And he recently took to Twitter to talk about one of them.
Today, my son Amar Lal stood in the court for a 17 yrs old rape survivor. It is our proudest moment as parents of this bright young lawyer who we rescued from inter-generational slavery at the age of 5. He stayed at Bal Ashram until he completed his education. Way to go! pic.twitter.com/qLwO4C40HW
— Kailash Satyarthi (@k_satyarthi) December 21, 2018
According to a Deccan Herald article, an 18-YO Amar Lal had said,
“I was working to fix a telephone pole when bhaisaab ji (Kailash Satyarthi) saw me. I was five years old when I was rescued by the Bachpan Bachao Andolan. I want to become a lawyer and contribute to the cause.”
And look where he’s now. Bravo, Kailash and bravo Amar!
Twitter was overwhelmed by this moment and congratulated both Kailash and Amar for the fighting the good fight.
— Shobhit Jaiswal (@shobhitjais) December 22, 2018
The true statesmen of the country. https://t.co/4CTnD9BJ8A
— Aksh Tulsyan (@aksh_tulsyan) December 22, 2018
— Suryadeep Agrawal (@suryadeep_ag) December 22, 2018
Extremely elated , you make me feel like still there are people who exist without the limelight but with the most purest of hearts , would love to contribute to your cause in any way I can in near future , you are an inspiration sir @k_satyarthi https://t.co/zoMU3MqdJj
— shubhendra (@shubh1780) December 21, 2018
Respect to you Kailash Ji. This is great way to serve the society and the nation. https://t.co/TX1XWMnGyl
— Amul Atri (@AmulAtri) December 22, 2018
What an incredible story! 😇 https://t.co/WnlMW4q7hy
— papez circuit (@Beyuktiful) December 22, 2018
More power to you… https://t.co/LVtmCdtsHL
— D R Michael Buam (@drmbuam) December 22, 2018
I met this very enthusiastic, inspiring young man with amazing ideas to engage young people on a journey to put an end to #ChildSlavery and exploitation against children. This is a story of #Hope @BBAIndia https://t.co/zi8rF4jOSp
— Aparna Ravi (@aparnaravi27) December 21, 2018
Salute to you for your untiring efforts & social crusades. And all the best to your son & a fellow advocate Amar Lal. More power to you both… https://t.co/yFuxTKr7kW
— Jeetender Gupta (@jguptallb) December 22, 2018
@k_satyarthi Sir I got moist eyes after reading this news. You are a true inspiration and a living legend . More individuals like you will make India, what our freedom fighters had dreamed of. Salute sir. https://t.co/nrYfiep4UU
— Arunabh Dash (@arunabhdash) December 21, 2018
As reported in a 2016 survey by Save the Children, there’s about 38.7 million boys and 8.8 million who are currently the victims of child labour. Thankfully, people like Satyarthi are making an effort to save them and give them a future that’ll in turn improve the status of our country. So, protest child labour when you can. And if you can’t, then stand behind warriors like Satyarthi and Amar, so that they get the motivation to keep making India a better place.