President Obama to meet Kailash Satyarthi, address event at Siri Fort in Delhi

US President Barack Obama will meet his fellow Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi today.

Obama will meet Satyarthi, who along with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the rights of all children to education,” the White House tonight said.

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Satyarthi and Yousafzai were on 10 December awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering work on promoting child rights.

Obama received the prize in 2009.

Satyarthi’s non-government organisation, the ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’, claims to have rescued over 83,000 children from bonded labour and slavery since its inception in 1980.

He is also expected to meet three children rescued by the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, NDTV said.

The channel said that the children are, "Deepak, 8, who was a former child laborer and Ayub Khan 12, who had been trafficked to work at a factory manufacturing buttons. Payal, 14, had refused to get married and now, as a bal sarpanch - the elected leader of children's council - works to eliminate child marriage in her village."

Mr Satyarthi, who shared the Nobel prize in December with Pakistan's Malala Yousufzai, has dedicated his award to the nation. The medal has been put on display at the museum in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

After meeting Satyarthi, Obama will address a gathering at the Siri Fort Auditorium. The First Lady will also attend the event, the White House said.

After his speech at Siri Fort, Obama and the First Lady would leave for Saudi Arabia where he would meet the new Saudi king and personally expresses his condolences over the death of King Abdullah Abdullah.

Obama has cancelled his pre-scheduled visit to Agra.

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Jan 27, 2015 07:50 am | Updated Date: Jan 27, 2015 07:50 am