OBC girls trafficking: Backwards panel orders probe
Lucknow, July 24: With over 40 per cent girls trafficked from the state hailing from Backwards Classes, the state’s Backward Classes Commission today asked the Home department to probe the issue. In a letter issued to the department, the Commission asked for a report within 15 days.
The Commission’s order comes in the wake of a Newsline report on July 7, which said against the national average of 21 per cent, the percentage of OBC girls trafficked in the state is an alarming 41.36.
The Newsline report was based on the findings of a Delhi NGO —Shakti Vahini — and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
In his letter to Principal Secretary (Home), the Commission’s chairperson Jagannath Prasad Yadav said: “The Commission has taken a serious note of the report published in ‘The Indian Express’ and is really concerned about the welfare of OBC girls in the state.”
The letter said the Commission will give suggestions to the state government based on the Home department’s report.
A copy of the letter was also sent to the Secretary (Women and Child development), seeking details about the department’s schemes in OBC-dominated districts. “These figures are horrifying,” Yadav told Newsline. “The state government has so many schemes for the welfare of Backward Classes in the state, but still UP tops the lists of states where maximum number of OBC girls are trafficked.”
He added that the Commission is trying to look not only at the reasons behind the problem but also look for solutions.