State to sign MoUs with UP and WB

SHAKTI VAHINIBy Kelly Kisalaya in Times of India

Ranchi: Jharkhand social welfare and women and child development department is planning to sign memorandum of understanding with Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal governments to combat the problem of trafficking.

Social Welfare Department secretary of Jharkhand, Mridula Sinha, attended a meeting in Jharkhand Bhavan in Delhi on Tuesday regarding establishment of state rescue centre in Jharkhand Bhavan to support victims of trafficking and violence.

The meeting was attended by Sharmistha Das, joint secretary, department of social welfare, women and child development of West Bengal, Ministhy S Nair, special secretary, home, Uttar Pradesh, Rupinder kaur, member, Delhi Commission for Women, chairpersons and members of the child welfare committees across Delhi, Delhi Police and representatives of NGOs.

During the meeting, Mridula Sinha proposed the idea of signing of MoUs to the officials of UP and WB government, which was welcomed by all.

Sinha said, “The discussion was very positive and fruitful. The MoU will help all the source and destination states in exchanging information, increase mutual understanding among states, and enable rescue of girls from every state.”

The MoU would be on the lines of the MoU which was signed between Maharashtra and West Bengal government in 2014 to combat trafficking.

IMG_5592“The draft of MoU is being made and it will be finalised within a month or two. We will consider the MoU between Maharashtra and WB government and also add more points to it,” Sinha said.

An important point under this MoU would be sending the rescued girls immediately to their home state if they are found in any of the states which signed the MoU.

Rishi Kant, member of Delhi based NGO Shakti Vahini, who was present in the meeting said, “It is a positive step by the Jharkhand government and other states should replicate it. It is a good beginning but there is still a long way to go and all the stakeholders should come forward and support it.”

Meanwhile, a shelter home of social welfare department is to be inaugurated on Thursday in Ranchi in which rescued trafficking victims and women seeking shelter would be rehabilitated.

BANGLADESH MINOR AMONG TWO RESCUED IN FARIDABAD

Bangladesh Case Human Trafficking

Tribune News Service Faridabad, December 5

Two minor girls reportedly brought to Faridabad some days ago and allegedly sold for Rs 30,000 to a resident as domestic helpers have been rescued. The girls, one of whom is a Bangladeshi national and the other is from West Bengal, have been lodged at a protection home.The girls, aged around 14 years, were allegedly sold as housemaids by a trafficker to the owner of a house in sector 16 here recently. They managed to escape from the house on Wednesday night.

While they reportedly tried to hide behind a vehicle parked near the main market, taxi driver Raju spotted them and asked them about their identity. Raju informed NGO Shakti Vahini whose representatives took the girls to the police station where their statement was recorded. While one of them said she was brought here from West Bengal’s 24 Parganas district on the promise of suitable employment, the other was from a village near the Bangladesh border.

Her exact address is yet to be ascertained.“We have traced the parents of the girl who is from West Bengal and have asked them to come here to get their daughter’s custody,” said Rishikant of Shakti Vahini. Stating that Childline, another NGO, had also played a vital role in the girls’ rescue, he said both would stay at a protection home till their repatriation.

A medical test has been ordered to detect the correct age of both girls. The district child welfare committee has asked the police to lodge a FIR.Though this is perhaps the first such case this year in the district, two victims of trafficking – including a 10-year-old girl — were rescued from Rohtak and Faridabad last December. At least four other trafficked victims were rescued from other parts of the state in the past year.

Girl’s rescue in Delhi exposes trafficking racket in Bengal

Human Trafficking of Children and women is Rampant in West Bengal. Girls in Rural areas are vulnerable to these organised gangs
Human Trafficking of Children and women is Rampant in West Bengal. Girls in Rural areas are vulnerable to these organised gangs

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The rescue of the 16-year-old girl, haling from Haroa in North 24 Parganas, from a red light area in Delhi last week, seems to have busted a trafficking racket.

North 24 Parganas police have arrested Sk Sabir alias Rohit, the main accused, who kidnapped and trafficked the girl.

“The investigation has revealed that the accused is a habitual offender and we are probing whether he has trafficked other girls out of the State,” Bhaskar Mukherjee, Additional Superintendent of Police, North 24 Parganas, told The Hindu on Monday.

Mr. Mukherjee said that another woman Tanjina Khatum, an accomplice of the main accused, who used to befriend young girls, has also been detained.

The police said they have rescued another minor from the custody of Khatum. Meanwhile, the police have learnt that Sabir was in touch with two more young girls and was trying to lay a trap for them. It has also been learnt that the main accused is a resident of Purba Medinipur and operated in North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts. Sabir was arrested on August 9.

During a joint raid by representatives of a non-government organisation Shakti Vahini, West Bengal police, and the Delhi police, a 16-year-old student of class X was rescued earlier this month. The girl was abducted in June and her brother and other relatives went to Delhi to rescue her. A trafficker identified as Roshni, and hailing from the State was arrested in Delhi and brought to the State.

Rishi Kant, an activist with Shakti Vahini, said the development points to a trafficking racket operating out of the State. “Since the source trafficker has been arrested he believed that he is involved in other cases of trafficking and it requires attention of a special agency,” he said, adding that the organisation will be writing to the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case. The activist added that there is a need to expand the ambit of investigation and bring those operating in Delhi in the purview of investigation.

Child trafficking continues to be a lucrative trade in Capital

Child trafficking continues to be a lucrative trade in CapitalFAIZAN HAIDER IN THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

Around this time in 2012, the issue of child trafficking was in limelight due to the case of the battered child and her 14-year-old ‘guardian’. The teen was treated as a victim when it came to light that she was raped and her father used to beat her up. A year on, various gangs continue to smuggle in young girls to the Capital and force them to work for various placement agencies. “The case was an eye-opener. The chain of events that had led to the incident was shocking. Along with the 14-year-old girl, the mother of the baby too was a victim of trafficking,” a child right activist said.

Following the incident, the Delhi Police launched a massive crackdown on placement agencies and trafficking gangs. Over 1,000 children were rescued in 2012 and action was taken against more than 150 placement agencies. The rescued children were usually employed as workers in factories or as domestic helps in homes.

“On an average, 14 children go missing in Delhi every day. Many of them end up in traffickers’ hands. Children below eight years are forced into begging. The older ones are pushed into child labour.  Organised gangs kidnap minors and transport them to other cities,” said Rakesh Senger, national secretary of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an NGO.

Sources in Delhi Police said special measures were being taken to curb the problem. “We have identified the areas from where children go missing. We will soon launch an awareness programme to educate parents about safeguarding their children. We take missing persons’ complaints very seriously now,” said a senior police officer.

Rishikant, executive director of NGO Shakti Vahini, said strict laws against trafficking could act as a deterrent.

Jharkhand girls rescued in Delhi

TIMES OF INDIA RANCHI

RANCHI: A team from the Jharkhand criminal investigation department rescued 84 people, including 48 from the state, from Delhi’s Sukurpur area late on Tuesday night. Those rescued, who included 28 minors, were reportedly trafficked from eastern states like Odisha, Assam and West Bengal. This is part of the Jharkhand CID team’s month-long endevour to track down trafficking agencies in Delhi, which work in the garb of domestic help recruitment cells. The team has already identified 20 such agencies.

“Of the 20 agencies, we raided three. We also raided four random agencies and rescued 84 persons in five hours,” said Baidyanath, member of Diya Seva Sansthan, an NGO. The rescued children will be taken to Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Delhi. “We will first take a transit from CWC (and) then bring the children home. The team will stay in Delhi for a few more days and raid other places,” said Baidyanath.

Of the 84 rescued, 28 children are from West Bengal, four from Chhattisgarh, three from Assam and one from Odisha. Seventeen-year-old Sukhmani, who is from Gumla, was recruited by Mahendra Placement Agency in Delhi. “I was brought here one year ago and they said I would be given a lot of money if I work as domestic help. During my one-year stay, I was not given any money and even beaten by my employees,” said Sukhmani. Julie Kumari, another teenager from Gumla, who was rescued from Gayatri Placement Agency, said, “I have been working in Delhi for the past three years and was never allowed to contact my family. They did not even pay me. The placement agency keeps all the money.”

The Jharkhand CID had sent the team – which included a DSP, two inspectors and one officer from the labour department – to Delhi on December 23 to identify recruitment cells which promise lucrative offers to jobseekers mainly from the hinterland.

“Members of NGOs Diya Seva Sansthan and Shakti Vahini, Delhi, and Supreme Court Advocate Ravi Kant coordinated with our team there,” said Anurag Gupta, IG CID.

64 minors rescued from 7 placement agencies

RESCUE OF CHILDRENHINDUSTAN TIMES

In one of the biggest rescue operations, 84 girls and boys, including 64 minors were rescued from seven different placement agencies in north Delhi’s Shakurpur. Of them, 54 were girls. The rescue operation was conducted by the joint team of Jharkhand and Delhi police and Shakti Vahini NGO.

The Delhi Police have detained seven persons to investigate into how the girls were trafficked from different parts of the country. “The raid was planned after a tip-off. A recce was done recently in 24 placement agencies in Delhi jointly by the Jharkhand police team and Shakti Vahini,” Rishikant of the NGO said.

During the two-day investigation, the team of Jharkhand police identified 24 placement agencies, who allegedly brought children from Jharkhand to the Capital, to employ them as domestic helps. The victims rescued belong to the states like Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Orissa and Assam.

“These illegal placement agencies are mushrooming in the city, an issue which needs to be addressed fast,” Rishikant added.