Achievements in Uttar Pradesh

Hi Rishi& to all family members of National Coalition of Media.

The interaction of mediapersons in Jaipur and later in Goa and the regular programmes held in Lucknow have sensitised the journalists in the State. With the intiative of Shakti Vahini, a media forum to deal with human trafficking and HIV AIDS issues, was formed in March. Its members rescued a 6-year-old boy, Faroq, from the clutches of a pottery seller. The boy was kidnapped by a woman from Khurja and later sold to a person for Rs 20,000, who in turn handed the minor to a roadside vendor. The vendor was using the boy as a labourer. The boy is presently in a child protection home in Lucknow. Besides this rescue, several reports about the activities of various government and non-governmental organisations have been published both at local and national levels to expose the oganised syndicate of drug traffickers as well as to sensitise the common man and the government functioneries to unite in the war against illegal trade of human beings, especially minors. A beginning has been made but a lot is yet to be done. We hope that the nationwide awakening on the above menace will bring the desired results

.Head lines of reports published recently —
`The Pioneer’-AIDS cases rising in the State (Feburary 7, 2006)
-Demand to set up Anti-Trafficking Cell raised (Feburary 8, 2006)
-UP much ahead of other states in Human Trafficking , says survey (Feburary 8, 2006)
-Workshop on AIDS, Trafficking to bring victim to mainstream (Feburary 9, 2006)
-Female foeticide highest in India, says experts (March 3, 2006)
-Women to get bigger share in Police (Feburary 22, 2006)
-Minod used as sex slave, killed and cremated (Story of Jharkhand girls who were sold and later sexually exploited in Jind at Haryana before one of them was hacked to death) (Feburary 23, 2006)
-Sensitising students best answer to AIDS prevention (Feburary 23, 2006)
-Boy kinnapped and, sold twice rescued (March 11, 2006)
-Concern over police role in human trafficking (March 22, 2006)
-Girl sold twice in Mumbai and Jhansi rescued (March 23, 2006)
-DGP’s call to check child trafficking (March 25, 2006)
-Truck Record:Refueling in Mathura fuels AIDS fire (March 27, 2006)
-UP AIDS Control Society to use folk media as a tool to spread AIDS awareness in 15 districts (March 29, 2006)
Minors used as drug peddlers in Goa (May 4, 2006)`Swantantra Bharat’
– 30 lakh girls were involved in commercial sex, nodal agency on anti-trafficking to be formed (Feburary 22, 2006)
-Teenagers were also used in drug trafficking besides flesh trade (Feburary7,2006)
-Help of Religious Gurus will be taken to check Human Trafficking (March 21,2006)
Drug Trafficking and AIDS were releated to each other (Feburary 7, 206)
-Rescued sexual workers to be rehabilated (April 21, 2006)
-Human Trafficking victim Faroq handed over to child line (March 21,2006)
Who were involved in making of objectionable films and full page article in Sunday magazine (April 23, 2006), related to wide spread of sex workers including the villages and how human trafficking and sexual emploitation for commercial purposes increased during the last over one decade.

The Indian Express, Aaj, Jan Satta, Amar Ulaja, Times of India, Hindustan, Hindustan Times, Dainik Jagran also published several reports on the above issue since the intiative to sensitise the mediapersons started in Feburary this year.with regards

Preetam SrivastavaLucknow(9415159966)


3 thoughts on “Achievements in Uttar Pradesh

  1. Dear Preetamji,Thank you for this wondeful run down on the various activites of the media coalition. We at UNIFEM and also I, personally, feel proud to be a part of this coaltion of the most sensitive and rights based media persons in the region. Just wanted to bounce off an idea to all the members of my great family- how about a REGIONAL network of media persons against Trafficking, HIV and gender based violence as well? Please post your thoughts….UNIFEM, Mohuya, Shakti Vahini, Sujoy, Siddharth and other members of the planning committee could perhaps take it up… I’m in Kathmandu at the moment…but miss you all!!:) archana “didi”

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