The media should not run behind “breaking news” stories but report more on issues of social importance, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Tuesday.

Ahead of summit of global leaders and Nobel laureates on children’s rights in Jordan on 26-27 March, Satyarthi addressed a workshop on child issues organised by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation for media persons at Constitution Club of India here.

Satyarthi emphasised that it was the responsibility of media to make society aware about child trafficking and slavery.

He cited National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report which stated that tens of thousands of children go missing every year in India.

To rescue them the government should adopt new technologies for facial recognition. That could save both time and money of the authorities, he felt.

The Nobel laureate suggested that to stop crime against children strong steps should be taken against criminals. “Every religion should boycott the person who commits any sort of crime against children,” he exhorted.

Satyarthi opined India’s first anti-trafficking law (Bill to be passed by Parliament) could be a major step forward as it proposed life sentence for traffickers and a rehabilitation fund for minor victims.