BANGALORE: Infosys Foundation chairperson and writer Sudha Murty said the government should take steps to instill fear that will deter parents from selling their own children.
“It is a big problem and instances of children being sold have been reported in the past as well. The government should take steps to put an end to it,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the Pride of Karnataka award ceremony, which she received for her social work here on Thursday.
“There are many reasons that force sale of children, such as ignorance, poverty and an attitude of fearlessness towards law. The government should mete out stringent punishment so that a fear is created where no one will sell children,” she added. Earlier, speaking at the function, she said: “I have learnt a lot more from Infosys Foundation than any university. I have always followed the simple principle of loving everyone and I will continue to help people in need till I’m healthy.”
Theatreperson Arundhathi Nag, cricketer Vinay Kumar, fashion designer Deepika Govind and Cloudnine CEO and MD Dr Kishore Kumar also received the awards in the function.
The awards, in their fifth edition this year, have been instituted by Round Table India and Ladies Circle India.