Delhi raps region on trafficking

Delhi raps region on trafficking

Delhi raps region on trafficking

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Guwahati, Feb. 17: The Union ministry of home affairs has asked three northeastern states to improve their performance in combating human trafficking. Official sources said the ministry’s anti-trafficking cell had taken serious note of the Northeast becoming a major source of trafficking of women and children to other parts of the country. “Expressing concern over reports of human traffickers preying on the northeastern states, the ministry has asked police in Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland to put their act together,” a source said.

He said the home ministry had last month reviewed measures taken by different states to combat human trafficking, which has assumed the dimensions of an organised crime in the country. The home ministry is also considering a proposal to make Guwahati the nodal centre for coordinating anti-trafficking operations in the Northeast, he added. The ministry has decided to give cash rewards to police personnel for outstanding work in the field of anti-human trafficking and has invited nominations from all the states. “This is being done to encourage policemen to improve their performance in this field, which held low priority for them till not very long ago,” the source said.

“Because of their Mongoloid features, girls from the Northeast are sold at a higher price because they are presented as foreigners from Southeast Asia. Eventually these girls land up in brothels and circuses,” he said. A large number of girls trafficked from the Northeast are also forced to enter into wedlock in Haryana, particularly in Hissar district. He said Assam police, with the help of NGOs, had rescued many girls from Hissar who were forcibly married after being trafficked. “These forced marriages are happening because of the dismal gender ratio in Haryana,” the source said.

The home ministry has taken steps to strengthen law enforcement response against human trafficking as a joint initiative of the Centre and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Because of the inter-state and international dimensions of such crimes, the home ministry has also stressed on improving cooperation among the police forces of different states and with the CBI.

“This problem has an international dimension also because girls from Bangladesh and Nepal are trafficked to metropolitan cities and popular tourist destinations in the country like Goa through eastern India,” the source said. The ministry has also asked the state police forces to send regular details on missing children and women and gangs operating in their respective areas to the CBI, which has established a criminal intelligence cell to collect and share such data. The states were also asked to expeditiously set up anti-human trafficking units, to investigate the crime at all points — source, transit and destination — and to keep an eye on all suspectspotter, recruiter, buyer, seller, transporter, harbourer and financier.

http://telegraphindia.com/1120218/jsp/northeast/story_15150653.jsps

We try our best, police say

Sumit Kumar Singh, New Delhi, February 11 2012,

Despite a force of more than 70,000 police personnel, a special unit for children, an anti-human trafficking cell and a juvenile justice unit, last year 1309 missing children cases were reported in the capital. Police claimed to have recovered around half of them.

Police also found 557 unidentified children last year, who were sent to children’s homes.

According to National Crime Record Bureau figures on crime against children, there were 3630 cases reported in  the capital in 2010. The agency found that 2,839 children had become victims of  crimes in 2009.

“We have got a long way to go. Delhi has the best model as Delhi police is more sensitive towards such issues compared to other cities,” additional deputy commissioner of Police Suman Nalwa said.

But in many slums and other low income localities where government runs welfare programmes, the police are not involved, he said.

“If these are the areas where child abuse is rampant the police should be encouraged to participate. Everything is on paper right now. There is no co-ordination between police personnel across states. We need to form a comprehensive network to prevent crime against children in Delhi as this city is the most vulnerable,” Nalwa said.

Last year, Delhi Police arrested 12 persons, busting international and inter-state human trafficking rackets.

An anti human trafficking unit gathers intelligence on organised gangs involved in missing children cases, bonded labour and trafficking of girls for prostitution. It has offices in all the 11 police districts of the national capital. The district investigation unit (DIU) officers looks after anti-trafficking matters.

“An officer of  the assistant commissioner of police rank works 24 hours with one inspector, two sub-inspectors and other subordinates in each unit,” the officer said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) BS Jaiswal told Deccan Herald, “There are various forms of child abuse. We have trained staff in every police station that especially deals with children becoming victim of abuse. We conduct periodic raids at various office and factories to rescue bonded child workers.”

Similarly, Deputy Commissioner of Police (east) Prabhakar said, “The beat constables have been sensitised to look out for cases of suspected trafficking and bonded child labourers at transit points like bus stands, taxi stands, isolated hotels, guest houses and on the streets.”

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/226514/we-try-our-police-say.html

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Kidney racket busted

NEWS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING SOUTH ASIA IS A NATIONAL LEGAL RESARCH DESK – SHAKTI VAHINI INITIATIVE

LUCKNOW/CHANDIGARH: Beware of anyone who tries to befriend you next time you go to a liquor shop. He may convince you to get a minor operation done in exchange of anything between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.

Lucknow police on Sunday busted a gang of four miscreants involved in arranging kidneys for the needy after luring poor people into selling theirs. Till now, they claimed to have sold kidneys to at least 7 people-all in Chandigarh.

The four were identified as Harishankar Maurya, the kingpin of the gang, Dilip Nigam, Vinod Dubey, and Harish Prajapati. Maurya, who was a private teacher about a year ago, according to Lucknow DIG D K Thakur, used to stay in Chandigarh and search for patients needing a kidney transplant. He focused on only two hospitals, Silver Oaks and Shivalik Hospital in Mohali.

After assuring a kidney to the kin of the patient, Maurya used to contact his partners-Dilip and Vinod in Lucknow. Maurya would charge over Rs 3 lakh from the patient’s kin. The duo then used to search for gullible targets near country-made liquor shops. They used to convince people to get a minor operation done and donate one kidney and get Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.

Harish, who is a computer designer, used to contribute by preparing fake certificates and documents to prove that the patient and the donor were related to each other. Prima facie the involvement of the hospitals has not been ascertained, the DIG said.

Speaking to TOI at Chandigarh, Dr Arjinder Bains, a surgeon of Shivalik Hospital in Mohali, said, “A police team from Lucknow had visited the hospital a few days ago and in fact, we were the ones who helped them nab the culprits. A prospective donor had approached us and as per rules, we had sought verification of the NOC and found it to be faked. Thereafter, the donor was never operated upon.”

When contacted, Dr Akhil Bhargava, of Silver Oaks denied that any police team had visited the hospital in connection with any scam.

“There was a police team from Lucknow who had come to Mohali about four days ago in connection with an investigation of a minor who had gone missing. Upon investigation, it was found that the alleged kidnappers were staying in a hotel in Burail, Chandigarh and the team from Lucknow was asked to approach Chandigarh police,” said DSP (city) Darshan Singh Mann.

(With inputs from Abhijit Prashar in Chandigarh)

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-12-26/india/30558296_1_kidney-racket-kidney-transplant-chandigarh

Kidney racket gang may have over 2 dozen members

LUCKNOW: While the number of victims whose kidneys were transplanted in exchange of money have been rising, the investigators have a hint that the number of miscreants, who are members of the gang, could also go beyond two-dozen.

Sources said that one of the gang members, who is still out of the police net, is supposed to be a legal luminary. It is in this regard that the police have applied for the remand of the four accused including their kingpin Harishankar Maurya, a resident of Brindawan Yojna in PGI area.

The other members of the gang were identified as Dilip Nigam, a resident of Malihabad; Vinod Dubey and Harish Prajapati, both residents of Telibagh. The police had arrested the four on December 25 and busted the kidney trade racket.

Initially, as per the miscreants’ claim, the number of people whose kidneys were transplanted in exchange of money, was believed to be only 7. However, the police search resulted in around 20 victims coming up with the same information that their kidneys were transplanted through the same gang.

During the investigation, now the police have got some information that the number of people involved in the gang is also approximately to touch two-dozen marks with Maurya as their kingpin. The police sources also said that two members of the gang are also supposed to be from Nepal.

Though the officials, when contacted by TOI, refused to confirm the number as well as about Nepal residence of two members of the gang, they said that efforts are being made to take the remand of the accused and know about the functioning of the gang. A senior official, preferring anonymity, did confirm the involvement of a legal luminary in the racket. He said that once the court opens on January 2, efforts would be made to pursue the remand application. DIG D K Thakur also said that once the police are able to get the remand of accused, a team of officials would be sent to Chandigarh to ascertain the nexus of the hospital staff with the gang members, if any.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-01-01/lucknow/30578708_1_gang-members-kidneys-remand

Efforts to rehabilitate them diluted due to indiscretion of judicial magistrates

(Hyderabad) While an estimated 1.5 lakh children and women in the State are victims of trafficking and sexual abuse; efforts to rescue and rehabilitate them are being gravely diluted due to indiscretion of judicial magistrates.

Even as few victims are rescued due to surreptitious nature of trafficking, many of them fail to be rehabilitated due to inopportune releases. “Many rescued victims are immediately taken away by traffickers and are again subjected to sexual abuse. This is because magistrates release them merely on production of certificates, which are most often counterfeit. This has been our grouse,” says Chaya Ratan, Principal Secretary to Government, Women Development and Child Welfare Department (WDCWD). Officials informed that magistrates order release without even seeking social investigation report, family background or case studies of the victims. In November last year, over 60 sexually exploited minor children were rescued from areas of Chandrapur and Yavartala, but officials informed that they were released within days without being provided any opportunity for counselling, education or training. The ‘Swadhar’ and ‘Ujjawala’ homes established by the government are being run with support of NGOs, for rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked women. But, NGOs too allege that such releases are leaving them incapacitated. “Most women and child victims are harassed both physically and mentally. While they are rescued and brought to the home, we are forced to release most of them within a week due to court orders. Some even leave in a day,” said the manager of an Ujjwala home in Ramanthapur.

“When the court that is supposed to protect their rights orders their release, we are powerless and can do nothing for their rehabilitation in such a short span,” she added. Several NGOs running the homes suggested that victims would benefit from such a scheme only if they are made to stay for at least three months.

 “Several times we know that the person seeking release is the trafficker, but we have to let them go due to orders from a magistrate. Many are brought back to the home a second time after being caught in raids again,” said Padmavati of Kasturbha Gandhi National Memorial Trust which runs a Swadhar home.

 Officials of the WDCWD had brought the issue to the notice of the Chief Justice in 2009 and had also written to the Registrar of the High Court requesting review of training curriculum for judicial magistrates to incorporate such concerns. Officials informed that they are still awaiting response.

SOURCE: THE HINDU