Mr. Kinsu Kumar is a child rights advocate from India who currently works at Bal Ashram– a rehabilitation home for underprivileged children, and victims of child and bonded labour. He is an enigmatic speaker who has represented India in multiple forums across the world.
His journey from a child who was forced into labour to a child rights activist has been inspiring. Born in a socio-economically marginalised household located in a slum area within the Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Kumar used to work as a car cleaner from the age of six to contribute to his family’s income. As his father couldn’t afford his education, he contacted Bachpan Bachao Andolan(BBA)/Save the Childhood Movement in 2003 because he wanted his son to have a bright future. He was soon rehabilitated in Bal Ashram which helped him receive education and engage in child rights advocacy.
Mr. Kumar has participated in local, national, and international meetings across different countries to advocate for the rights of children and to create a discourse around the need for their protection and development. He was invited to speak on issues related to children at the European Union in Belgium and Global Child Labour conference in the Netherlands. He was also one of the 30 youth leaders at the Vatican youth symposium.