Women and Child trafficking: Supreme Court seeks information on draft Bill

Women and Child trafficking: Supreme Court seeks information on draft Bill

New Delhi, Feb 27: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to inform it within two weeks about the state of the Bill and other steps taken by it on the issue of relief and rehabilitation of the victims of women and child trafficking.A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan granted time to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to apprise it about the draft Bill in this regard after it was told that the procedure was in progress.The Court was hearing a PIL filed by an NGO, Shakti Vahini in 2002 questioning the implementation of the ‘Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children.Various suggestions from NGOs and NHRC was taken on record by the court during the hearing.Senior advocate U U Lalit, who has been assisting the court as amicus curiae, in the matter has also put forward suggestions after thorough research and the court has asked the government to consider all those while preparing the draft Bill.Advocate S Wasim Quadri had informed the court that the Delhi Government concurs with the suggestions of the NHRC.
— PTI

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