Combatting Human Trafficking – Proper Investigation is the Key to Convictions

Shakti Vahini 44Shakti Vahini organized a one day Training cum Workshop on Anti-Human Trafficking and Missing Children in collaboration with Meerut District Police at meeting Hall, Police Line, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on July 12, 2014. The main objective of conducting the meeting was to discuss the growing issue on Human Trafficking and to create awareness about the presence of different structures in combating the crime. In regard to this, issues on Human trafficking, its definition and forms along with the newly added section 370 IPC, Juvenile Justice Act 2000, NGO-Police partnership, Role of Child Welfare Committee, POCSO Act, Immoral trafficking Prevention Act were discussed.

Around 110 Police Officials of the rank Inspector, Sub-Inspector, Member of the Haryana Commission for Protection of Child Rights, CWC Chairperson, CWC member, District Protection Officer, District Child Welfare Officer, CHILDLINE representatives attended the meeting. The day long programme gained a success after receiving various recommendations and queries from the participants.

Mr. K. Satya Narayan, DIG, Meerut,  Mr. Ravi Kant, Advocate, Supreme Court of India cum President, Shakti Vahini, Ravinder Kr. Chauhan, Member, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights,  Omkar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Meerut, P.K. Tiwari, Superintendent of Police (Traffic) had spoken on various topics of the Human Trafficking issue.

shakti vahini 41Mr. K. Satya Narayan, DIG (Rank), Meerut inaugurating the programme argued that human trafficking is a menace problem and it is necessary for the Police department to be taken up the issue sensitively. According to him, Meerut constituting one of the infamous red light district, Kabari Bazaar, the police official while rescuing a child or a woman must be aware about the issue of the vicious cycle of trafficking children and women from other parts of the country and selling them off in Meerut and forcing them into prostitution. He argued, “After rescuing counselling is very important. While counselling, it is important to understand the entire background as to how they fell into the atrocities.”

Mr. Ravi Kant, Advocate, Supreme Court of India cum President, Shakti Vahini argued that the Trafficking of persons is the third most heinous crime in the world after smuggling of drugs and smuggling of arms and ammunition. He said, “Human Trafficking is an organized crime and it is necessary for all the law enforcing agencies to jointly work in order to combat the crime.” He also discussed various laws such as the newly added Section 370 which had for the first time defined Human Trafficking, its trends and forms and the punishment laid out for the crime. Mr. Kant also discussed on the processes how an investigation should be done by the Investigation Officers in order to break the vicious cycle of trafficking and bring more and more convictions. He also discussed about the Victim Compensation Scheme, a provision laid out for the rehabilitation of Trafficked victims.

Ravinder Kr. Chauhan, Member, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights discussed about the functioning of the Commission and argued that Police should be child friendly and also be sensitized enough in handling cases related to children. In this regard, he discussed about the functioning of the Child Welfare Committee.

Shakti Vahini 46Rohit Goyal, Coordinator CHILDLINE, Meerut briefed about the functioning of the helpline number of 1098 for providing assistance to children in need of care and protection.

Jatinder Kumar, District Protection Officer too spoke about the growing issues related to children and women and also requested the police officers to approach them whenever any help related children and  women are required.

Video on Human Trafficking issue was screened during the training programme.

The resource persons also dwelt at length about the various Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, Advisories, High Court and Supreme Court orders related to women and children.

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