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Delhi kids take part in candlelight vigil in memory of blast victims

New Delhi, Fri, 09 Sep 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Sep.9 (ANI): Hundreds of children of various age groups, including students, rewrote the proverb - Two birds with one stone.hile they had gathered to observe International Literacy Day and spread mass awareness about the essence of literacy and academic education on Thursday, they also took out a candlelight vigil in memory of victims of the blast that took place outside the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.


Condemning the bomb blast, the children expressed hope that mass literacy would eradicate such acts of militancy.


Holding placards that conveyed numerous messages for society, the children also highlighted that spreading of literacy would curb such incidents.


Rajiv Dutta, a senior Supreme Court lawyer, said that education could stop disillusioned youngsters from taking to the path of crime and other anti-social deeds, including militancy.


"Terrorism is such a thing that affects a person who has lost his mental balance and who has lost his reasoning powers. Education helps in combating this because if that person becomes literate, he will be able to differentiate between right and wrong. If others are educated then even they make that person understand. So there is a huge link. With education, you can understand the progress taking place around you, instead of taking short cuts or spreading acts of militancy to achieve it, because all this is wrong," said Dutta.


Prithvi Patel, member of the social group AROHAN, that organized the candlelight vigil, blamed illiteracy as the root cause for most of the maladies plaguing the society.


She mentioned that if every child is literate and motivated to pursue academic education, the chances of youngsters being lured with petty money to undertake nefarious activities would come to an end.


"If you lure the illiterate children who are unable to do anything with a meagre amount, then they are ready to commit such crimes like the yesterday's incident (blast at the High Court)," added Patel.


As of now, the number of fatal casualties in the bomb blast at the Delhi High Court has touched the mark of 13 while three more injured persons undergoing treatment at various hospitals are still reported to be critical. (ANI)


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