Website of Satyarthi's NGO crashes, his name trends on Twitter

Website of Satyarthi's NGO crashes, his name trends on Twitter

Website of Satyarthi's NGO crashes, his name trends on Twitter

Minutes after Kailash Satyarthi's name was announced today as the winner of Nobel Peace Prize, the website of his NGO 'Bachpan Bachao Andolan' crashed due to heavy traffic while his name immediately started to trend on Twitter worldwide.

Followers of his Twitter handle -- @k_satyarthi -- also swelled remarkably after he won the coveted prize.

The 60-year-old child right's activist had just 200 odd followers before the announcement which soared to 6,820 by 5 PM with the number growing exponentially.

On an average, his followers on the micro-blogging website were growing by around 2,000 per hour.

His personal website -- which gave his introduction as "a human rights activist from India who has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery.." -- was also now opening due to heavy traffic.

Satyarthi, who had founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980, has been a relentless crusader for child rights.

Till date, the NGO has rescued around 80,000 children from bonded labour and developed a successful model for their rehabilitation and education.

"Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi's tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children's rights," an official press statement released by The Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai were awarded the Noble Peace Prize for their "struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

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