KIDS SUBMIT CHARTER OF DEMANDS TO GUV ON WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY

Over a 100 school students handed over a charter of demands that included substantial methodology to curb the menace of human trafficking, implementation of laws more stringently for curtailing child marriage, sexual abuse, child labour including other perils that confine child rights to Governor Draupadi Murmu on the occasion of International Children’s Day here on Monday.

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Child Champions, who had overcome several obstacles, on the occasion that marks the celebration of protection of children across the world, said that enough is needed to be done to bridge the existing gap in order to protect the most vulnerable part of the society.

Applauding the initiatives of the civil society organizations, the Governor said, “Due to the efforts of NGOs working for the rights of children though some level of awareness has been created but alone government and NGOs cannot bring change. Even today, some instances of violation of child rights can be witnessed in our society. Identification of such families who are ready to send their children to work at a tender age must be ensured by Government, NGOs on priority basis.”

The Governor insisted the common masses to join hands with the NGOs, State Government to transform the mindset of the people towards one of the most pivotal issues. While on the other hand, Minister, Department of Urban Development and Planning, CP Singh said, “Work undertaken by several NGOs must be reviewed annually. Social audits of NGOs must be made mandatory as it will aid in collecting prominent fact, figures about the task undertaken by the agencies and how far it has helped in fulfilling the goal.”

Secretary, Vikash Bharti, Ashok Bhagat asked the stakeholders to identify the potential of kids residing in the rural pockets of the State to draft a concrete policy that will eventually assist in curtailing crime against kids while fixing the responsibility of monitoring bodies.

Focusing on the idea of United Nation Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC), Chairperson, Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (JSCPCR) Arti Kujur said that only through inter-departmental co-ordination, public participation violation of child rights can be curbed.

“The Commission is focusing on child trafficking, drug abuse, sexual abuse including child marriage which is rampant here. Children are not just our future but they are our present as well. In an attempt to protect the rights of every child, participation of people from different strata of society is must,” Kujur added.

The representatives of several NGOs who have gathered on the occasion taking up the issues like safety, security, education, nutrition, laws meant for children’s protection including other parameters said that 100 percent result is yet to be achieved as several parameters are yet to be explored.

The consolidated reports of various government organizations including few independent agencies suggest alarming figure about the susceptibility of children. According to National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report, 38 percent girls in Jharkhand are married before they attain the age of 18 years. 70 percent children in Jharkhand are anemic, maximum malnourished children are found in the State.

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Delhi family to pay Rs 2.18 lakh for employing trafficked woman

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Twenty-five-year-old Anjali (name changed) is excited to return home to her family after five years. She was lured to Delhi by a cousin on the pretext of a job five years ago, but things did not turn up as she had expected.

On reaching Delhi, her cousin sister took her to a placement agency, from where she was placed as domestic help in a household in Pashchim Vihar area. Anjali spent over three years with her employee. She was not only confined inside the house but beaten up brutally. She was neither given any proper food nor paid a single rupee for her work.

The girl was finally rescued by Delhi Police and Shakti Vahini in May last year, following which she was kept in a shelter home in Delhi. The police managed to trace her family and now, Jharkhand police has left for the national capital to bring her home.

It was only recently that Anjali got to know that her mother had passed away three years ago.

Talking to TOI over the phone, Anjali said, “I still cannot believe that I am not going to see my mother again. I wish I had never left. However, I am looking forward to meeting my father and my three siblings after such a long time.”
Meanwhile, the girl’s employers were booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code, mostly grievous hurt, unlawful labour and unlawful confinement. The employers were also booked under the Bonded Labour System (abolition) Act, 1976.
The employers told Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) that they hired the girl from Kamat Placement Agency and paid Rs 22,000 for the first year and Rs 20,000 for the second year to the agency. They admitted that they did not pay any wages to the girl.
The commission has directed the employers to pay a total of Rs 2.18 lakh to the girl as compensation. Once the girl arrives at Chaibasa, her bank account will be opened by the district administration in which the compensation amount will be deposited.

 

Delhi family to pay Rs 2.18 lakh for employing trafficked woman

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RANCHI: Twenty-five-year-old Anjali (name changed) is excited to return home to her family after five years. She was lured to Delhi by a cousin on the pretext of a job five years ago, but things did not turn up as she had expected.

On reaching Delhi, her cousin sister took her to a placement agency, from where she was placed as domestic help in a household in Pashchim Vihar area. Anjali spent over three years with her employee. She was not only confined inside the house but beaten up brutally. She was neither given any proper food nor paid a single rupee for her work.

The girl was finally rescued by Delhi Police and Shakti Vahini in May last year, following which she was kept in a shelter home in Delhi. The police managed to trace her family and now, Jharkhand police has left for the national capital to bring her home.

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It was only recently that Anjali got to know that her mother had passed away three years ago. Talking to TOI over the phone, Anjali said, “I still cannot believe that I am not going to see my mother again. I wish I had never left. However, I am looking forward to meeting my father and my three siblings after such a long time.”

Meanwhile, the girl’s employers were booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code, mostly grievous hurt, unlawful labour and unlawful confinement. The employers were also booked under the Bonded Labour System (abolition) Act, 1976.

The employers told Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) that they hired the girl from Kamat Placement Agency and paid Rs 22,000 for the first year and Rs 20,000 for the second year to the agency. They admitted that they did not pay any wages to the girl.

The commission has directed the employers to pay a total of Rs 2.18 lakh to the girl as compensation. Once the girl arrives at Chaibasa, her bank account will be opened by the district administration in which the compensation amount will be deposited.

Lest we forget: The missing children of India

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More than 2,40,000 children went missing between 2012 and 2017.

Lest we forget: The missing children of India

In 2016, the Delhi High Court had raised concern over the issue of missing children in the country, equating it with the menace of terrorism. And if the government data is to be believed, the issue is indeed of grave importance.

Information from the Ministry of Women and Child Development show that more than 2,40,000 children went missing between 2012 and 2017. However, the number might be much higher in reality as many such cases often go unreported.

According to The New York Times, the police is also reluctant in fling first information report in such cases. The international media outlet claimed that FIRs were filed in only 40% of the cases between 2012 and 2014.

The report further mentioned that there could be many socio-economic factors behind the menace of missing children. One of the reasons cited in poverty. It says that families living in acute poverty at times fail to report the matter to police if the possible reason behind it is abuse of any manner.

Some families are so poor that they even resort to selling their children as they do not have the means of livelihood to sustain, said the report.

NYT further says that a bad monsoon can also be a factor leading to spike in missing children cases. According to the report, bad monsoon pushes families to starvation, and hence the children are set out to work. It is in this situation that the children often fall prey to trafficking situations.

A recent report by the US, millions of children and women in India are victims of sex trafficking.

DCW busts trafficking racket, rescues 3 minors

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Girls rescued from Janakpuri, Pitampura; boy from Hisar

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Sunday claimed to have busted a trafficking racket in east Delhi. Three minors, including a boy, were rescued.

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Giving details, the DCW said its 181 helpline received a call from parents who had come from Jharkhand in search of their children. These children have been missing for the past three years.

“Accompanying the parents was a girl who was allegedly trafficked along with the other children but had managed to escape. She claimed she was receiving calls from an alleged female trafficker. The accused was trying to lure her to return to Delhi,” the Commission said in a statement.

Since the traffickers ran a placement agency in east Delhi, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said a trap was laid and the accused was called to Akshardham metro station. The panel said the trafficker arrived with an accomplice to meet the girl and the duo was caught with help from the local police.

During interrogation, the accused revealed details of two minor girls. They were rescued from Janakpuri and Pitampura. A minor boy was rescued from Hisar, Haryana, by the DCW’s mobile helpline team and the Delhi Police.

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She said, “It is shocking that minors are not only trafficked but also employed by educated and affluent families. They are severely abused and not paid. Unregulated placement agencies are running unabated here and many are organised rackets for human trafficking.” She called for strict regulation of placement agencies.

It is shocking that minors are not only trafficked but also employed by educated and affluent families. They are severely abused and not paid…

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NIA likely to investigate human trafficking cases

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The additional responsibility for the National Investigation Agency would be part of the proposed anti-human trafficking law unveiled by Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi last year.

The additional responsibility for the National Investigation Agency would be part of the proposed anti-human trafficking law unveiled by Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi last year.(HT File Photo)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) could be empowered to investigate cases of human trafficking, in what seems to be a breakthrough in the nearly year-long consultations among various stakeholders, including the home ministry and the ministry of women and child development.

Sources say the additional responsibility for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would be part of the proposed anti-human trafficking law unveiled by Maneka Gandhi last year.

The move will also require amending the law that gave birth to the counter-terrorism agency — the National Investigation Act, 2008.

The Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016, proposed setting up a National Bureau on Trafficking in Person for “prevention, investigation of the trafficking of persons cases and protection of the victims of trafficking” — a role which could be performed by the NIA, sources said.

“The ministry of home affairs (MHA) wanted NIA to investigate trafficking and we have agreed to that. MHA has also given its approval for the draft Bill. After we get a green flag from Prime Minister’s Office, a Cabinet note will be circulated,” according to a top official of the ministry of women and child development.

Another official said “a cell within NIA” could be probing human trafficking cases.

After the Union Cabinet gives its approval, the draft bill will be tabled before Parliament.

“Traffickers enjoy immunity because local police agencies are not able to probe inter-state or cross-border crimes. We require a nodal agency as 80-90 per cent of trafficking cases span across various states,” said President of NGO Shakti Vahini, Ravi Kant, explaining why activists have been seeking a central body to probe human trade.

Government officials say to empower the NIA to investigate trafficking cases the National Investigation Act, 2008, will have to be amended.

The NIA was set up by the previous UPA government in 2009 to probe terrorist activities in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people.

As per the National Investigation Act, the anti-terror body is empowered to probe offences under eight specified laws, including the Atomic Energy Act 1962, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, and the Anti-Hijacking Act 1982.

The proposed anti-human trafficking legislation will be independent of the existing law on trafficking in relation to prostitution — Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 — while a section of the civil society has sought an umbrella law.

The draft law divides offences into “trafficking” and “aggravated trafficking”.

The punishment for offences in the former category is rigorous imprisonment between 7 and 10 years and a fine of not less than Rs 1 lakh, while aggravated forms of trafficking will invite a jail term of between 10 years and life imprisonment and a fine of not less than Rs 5 lakh.

Aggravated trafficking will include trafficking of children, transgenders, differently-abled, pregnant women and those which involve use of drugs and alcohol.

There is also a provision for a national committee as well as a central fund for the relief and rehabilitation services for the victims.

 

महिला आयोग ने मानव तस्करी गैंग से छुड़ाए 3 बच्चे

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दिल्ली महिला आयोग ने पुलिस की मदद से तीन बच्चों को मानव तस्करी के गिरोह से आजाद करवाया है। इनमें 2 लड़कियां और एक लड़का शामिल है। आयोग ने बताया कि इनमें से एक 12 साल की लड़की गर्भवती है। महिला आयोग के हेल्पलाइन नंबर 181 पर झारखंड के रहने वाले माता-पिता ने गुमशुदा बच्चों की खबर दी थी। बच्चे पिछले 3 साल से गायब थे।

आयोग ने बताया कि पैरंट्स के साथ एक लड़की भी थी जिसे कुछ साल पहले तस्करी कर दिल्ली लाया गया था, मगर कुछ महीने पहले वह भाग गई। लड़की ने बताया कि उसे अभी भी वह तस्कर फोन कर दिल्ली आने का झांसा देती रहती है। इस लड़की को पहले बेंगलुरु भेजा गया था, जहां 2 साल तक पैसे न मिलने के कारण वो भाग गई थी। इस सूचना पर दिल्ली महिला आयोग की चीफ ने एक टीम बनाई। उन्होंने तस्कर को अक्षरधाम बुलाया और उसके आते ही पुलिस ने उसे गिरफ्तार कर लिया। मंडावली थाने में केस दर्ज कर लिया गया है। इस गिरफ्तारी के बाद 2 लड़कियों का पता चला। इनमें 12 साल की लड़की को जनकपुरी से और 13 साल की लड़की को पीतमपुरा से छुड़ाया गया। इनमें अलावा एक नाबालिग लड़के को भी हिसार से छुड़ाया गया। इन मामलों में भी एफआईआर दर्ज कर ली गई है।

दिल्ली महिला आयोग को खबर मिली कि जो तस्कर गिरफ्तार हुई है वो प्लेसमेंट एजेंसी चलाती है जिसके जरिए झारखंड से बच्चों को लाकर घरों में भेजा जाता था। बच्चों ने बताया कि उन्हें घर से निकलने भी नहीं दिया जाता था और अपने माता-पिता से बात भी नहीं करने दी जाती थी। गिरफ्तार महिला से जब्त कागजों से पता चला कि बच्चों को कोई भी पैसा नहीं दिया गया था और कागज पर भी सिर्फ 1000 से 1500 रुपये मासिक वेतन तय किया गया था| इस तस्कर से पहले भी कई लड़कियां छुड़ाई गई थीं और इसके परिवारवालों पर और भी कानूनी मामले दर्ज हैं। महिला आयोग की अध्यक्ष स्वाति ने थाना मंडावली जाकर बच्चों के घरवालों से मुलाकात की। उन्होंने वहां एसडीएम को भी बुलाया और दस्तावेजों का निरीक्षण किया। उन्होंने पुलिस से मांग की कि बंधुआ मजदूरी की धाराएं भी एफआईआर में जोड़ी जाएं। स्वाति ने कहा, यह शर्मनाक है कि छोटी बच्चियां न सिर्फ तस्करी कर दिल्ली लाई जाती हैं और इनसे बंधुआ मजदूरी कराई जाती है।