In a unique initiative, students from more than 35 colleges in Mumbai including Xaviers, Andrews, Jai Hind, Hinduja, BJCC and KJ Somaiya, along with members and volunteers of CRY participated in a superhero march to pledge their support for child rights. Hosted by the young and ambitious students of Wilson BMS the initiative aimed at raising awareness for a social cause. The march saw the participation of close to 30 colleges from across Mumbai who walked the mile from Wilson College to Mafatlal Building and back with celebs Nakuul Mehta, Disha Parmar (Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara) and model Rochelle Rao (Extraaa Innings).
“The reality today is that children are forced into labour all across this country, every single day. CRY has been fighting for child rights for the last 35 years and when a college like Wilson asked us to join in a campaign that fights for these very rights; we were honoured to partner with them. The young will take this fight forward and it’s reassuring to see so many youngsters stand up with such conviction for the rights of a child,” said Kreeanne Rabadi, Regional Director — West, CRY.
The Superhero Mile was an event that was created around the idea of raising awareness about the atrocities faced by children in India on a daily basis. The young are energetic and this call to being a hero for a child resonated positively among the youth.
“Every 15 seconds a child is abused across the globe. It’s our duty to safeguard the sanctity of our children today. We believe that there is a superhero in all of us to safeguard humanity and this walk was aimed at awakening that superhero,” said Zuleika Homavazir Sattha, HOD, Bachelor of Management Studies, BMS Wilson.
“The recent rape of a 6-year-old in Bangalore depicts the pathetic and sadistic mentality of today’s society. It’s high time we raise our voices against the heinous crimes committed against children in our country, almost every day,” said Vyankatesh Kharage, a student of BMS Wilson.
Nakuul Mehta, who represented CRY at the event said, “Child Rights and its relevance in today’s world is far too important to ignore. The atrocities being committed every single day against children are terrible and there is a need for a voice. Organisations like CRY do as much as they can, but it is up to each and every one of us to also respond to this call for action. I am reassured when I see college-going kids taking an active interest in such activism and I know that if this is the mood of today’s youth, India sure does have a better future.”
“Partnering with a cause so close to my heart makes me even more enthusiastic about this march. That, and the fact that this Superhero Mile represents today’s youth and their genuine concern towards the injustices around them. This was a call to action and I responded... and I am very excited to be associated with both the BMS department at Wilson College and CRY for this initiative,” added Rochelle Rao, who was also present at the event.