Kailash Satyarthi Nobel Peace prize
Nobel Peace Prize: Indian Winner Kailash Sathyarti Says His Fight for Child Rights Recognised Getty

India's Kailash Satyarthi, who shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, has said his fight for children's rights will continue.

Speaking from the Indian capital New Delhi, Satyarthi said he is delighted to receive the prize.

"The honour is for all the citizens of India. I will continue my work for welfare of children," said the 54-year old, according to the Press Trust of India.

"I am thankful to the Nobel committee for recognising the plight of millions of children who are suffering in this modern age."

The Nobel committee said the two individuals have been given the prize because it is "an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism".

The announcement comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a bloody border stand-off which has claimed many civilian lives.

Scores of prominent Indian figures have congratulated Sathyarti.

Born in the central Indian town of Vidisha, Sathyarti has been working for eradicating child labour and has rescued thousands of children from slavery.

The NGO named Good Weave India, which he founded in 1994, has also been actively involved in eradicating child labour in Afghanistan's carpet industry.