Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Prize Replica Has Been Stolen From His House And It’s Not The First Time

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Child right activist and the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2014, Kailash Satyarthi’s house was burgled on February 7th and his Nobel prize citation is among others to be stolen from his Greater Kailash residence.

He was not in his flat when the robbery took place since he is currently attending the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in the US.

Bhuvan Ribu, Satyarthi’s son and a senior Supreme Court lawyer, filed a police complaint when the house was found broken by one of the Satyarthi’s staff.

But the best thing is that his medallion is still safe at the Rashtrapati Bhawan as he dedicated it to the nation last year.

An FIR under Section 380 of the Indian Penal Code has been filed. Police has initiated an investigation into the house theft to nab the culprit and get back the prestigious citation.

As per a TOI report, a senior police officer said, "All scrap dealers and local criminals from the area have been detained. Fingerprints and other evidences have also been recorded from the spot."



Kailash Satyarthi shared the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 with Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan. He is a renowned children rights activist and founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan where he has helped over 80,000 kids from 144 countries recover from different forms of servitude and has rehabilitated them successfully. It is largely because of Satyarthi's work and activism that the International Labour Organization adopted Convention Number 82 on the worst forms of child labour, which now serves as a principal guideline for governments around the world to fight for child rights.

Last year, on November 29th, quite early in the morning, several valuable items were stolen from the house of a renowned Congress Leader and Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor. The items stolen include various idols and "copper Gandhi glasses" which were gifted to Tharoor by the Prime Minister.

This is the second time in the history of India when a Nobel Prize was stolen. In March 2004, Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize for literature (which he won for his masterpiece, "Gitanjali") was stolen from the Visva Bharati University museum and unfortunately, it was never recovered.

Also, there has been a number of similar theft cases outside India. One of the most famous case was that of Arthur Henderson, one of the founding fathers of Great Britain. His prized possession was lost from the Lord Mayor’s office in Newcastle in April 2013 which has not been recovered yet. Former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Authority, Yasser Arafat’s Nobel Peace Prize was stolen in 2007 from Gaza but was recovered after sometime. The much celebrated scientists of all times, Earnest O. Lawrence’s Nobel Prize which happened to be the first-ever Nobel medallion won by the University of California, Berkeley was stolen in February 2007. Later it was recovered from a student of the same university.

India did not get back it's first Nobel Prize, yet we hope that this time we'll get back what is rightfully ours.