From Kanyakumari to Kashmir: Paddling For a Cause




To raise awareness about child sexual abuse, a 20-year old university student is paddling on a solo cycle campaign for 43 days from Kanyakumari to Kashmir covering 4200km long distance.

A second year Geography student from Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia University, Muhammed Shahid hit the paddle for a cause yesterday from the Swami Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari.

The campaign, “Raise your Voice Against Child Sexual Abuse”, will see the cyclist distributing pamphlets with information on the social issue. He also plans to interact with parents and students, and enact at places he stops, a street drama aimed at inspiring children to speak up and not keep silent if they face abuse.

“I got the idea of a cycling campaign when I went to a couple of juvenile homes in Delhi as a part of a program by a reputed city-based NGO,” said Shahid, who practised for the trip from last six months. “Most students I talked to had some experience to share of sexual abuse. It was then I decided to do this campaign.”

Shahid is expected to cover 11 states and 96 districts and is scheduled to culminate his journey on July 12 at the University of Kashmir.

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