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Bengal girl rescued

Devesh K. Pandey

NEW DELHI: Gita (name changed), 16, was brought to the Capital from Sundarbans in West Bengal by a tout about three months ago and placed as a domestic help in a house. Unable to bear the harassment at the hands of her employer, she escaped and boarded a train to Karnal in Haryana. Her father, a farm labourer, is now here to take her back home.

Rescued Children at the Railway Station

Rescued Children at the Railway Station

A lost Gita was spotted at the Karnal railway station by the police about a week ago. NGO Shakti Vahini learnt through a local source about the girl. While Gita was sent to a shelter home in Karnal, her father was finally traced and brought to the Capital a couple of days ago. “About three months ago, one Subor Mandal contacted me and offered the job of a domestic help to my daughter in Delhi. He also promised to pay Rs.2,500 to me. But he never got the money.” Gita purportedly told the NGO representatives that her employer did not pay her any salary and used to physically assault her. “The victim’s father went along with us to Karnal to get her custody. They are now in Delhi and will board a train back home on Monday morning. We are trying to get a case registered against the tout there,” said Ravi Kant of Shakti Vahini.

A large number of minor girls like Gita are allegedly being trafficked to the NCR on the pretext of placement as domestic helps. In an operation, the NGO in coordination with Human Rights Law Network and Childline (central zone) had rescued three minor girls at the New Delhi railway station on March 18. All of them had been brought to work as domestic helps. During the operation, the alleged trafficker, a resident of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, was also detained.

“Minors are being trafficked to the Capital from Jharkhand, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. Though Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri have been a source of trafficking since a long time, there has been a surge in the cases in the recent past. Job losses at the tea gardens of Darjeeling are one of the major reasons behind this.”

SC orders probe into trafficking of NE kids

NEW DELHI: Following reports of 76 children from Assam and Manipur, most of them minor girls, being rescued from “homes” run by missionaries in Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a probe into a possible trafficking racket involving tribal children. The Tamil Nadu police, in its affidavit before the SC, said, “Pastor Shaji was arrested at Somanur in Coimbatore district on February 12 and remanded to judicial custody. Effective steps are being taken to nab the absconding accused Rev Paul.”  A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan accepted amicus curiae Aparna Bhat’s suggestion for a probe into the matter. The National Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights will carry out the probe.  Additional solicitor-general Indira Jaising said the TN police had not detailed the facts of the case to the court. “How could these children be taken more than 1,000km away without anyone noticing anything,” Jaising asked.

In this regard Shakti Vahini had approached the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR ) and Ministry of Home Affairs on January 10 , 2010  to investigate and order a CBI enquiry of large scale trafficking of children from North East.

“Rescued boys hail from North Cachar Hills”

Sushanta Talukdar IN THE HINDU

GUWAHATI: The Guwahati Childline discovered that all the 24 trafficked minor boys from Assam — who were rescued in Tamil Nadu on Monday — hail from the North Cachar Hills district. Dipen Kalita, Centre Coordinator of Childline, told The Hindu that they have received a list containing the names and addresses of the boys from the Director of the Tirunelveli Childline in Tamil Nadu. “Going by the addresses given in the list, all the 24 boys hail from the N.C. Hills district. One of them is 15 while the rest are in the age group of six to 14. We will approach the N.C. Hills police for assistance in tracing the parents, and if required, we will network with local NGOs in reaching out to the families,” Mr. Kalita said.

He said the organisation would also place the list before the Child Welfare Committee of the Social Welfare department on Saturday. Mr. Kalita said the immediate concern of the Guwahati Childline was to bring the children here at the earliest and initiate measures to repatriate them with their families. Two Delhi-based NGOs — Shakti Vahini and Vikalp Dhara — that are fighting the trafficking menace sent a memorandum to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urging him to order the Social Welfare department to send a team to Tamil Nadu to ensure safe repatriation and trauma counselling.

NGO for CBI probe into trafficked kids

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 28 2010: Even as chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Children Rights has rushed to Kanyakumari to monitor the situation, Shakti Vahini, an NGO, and various other organizations have demanded of the Centre to conduct a CBI inquiry into the incident of rescue of 76 Assam and Manipur children from an unregistered children’s home in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on January 25

National Commission for Protection of Children Rights chairperson Shanta Sinha rushed to Kanyakumari yesterday morning to monitor the situation. The 76 children were rescued from a home at Kulitorai in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district. All the children are boys in the 10-14-year age group. Prabhakaran, a member of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) that rescued the children, said that the boys were forced to live in an appalling condition. This is the second time that the CWC has rescued trafficked children from the Northeast in Tamil Nadu, he said. According to sources, the 76 children were rescued from an unregistered orphanage called Bedesta Blessing Home located in Kanyakumari.

The sources further disclosed that Bedesta Blessing Home lacked both infrastructure and enough food to feed the children, and the crackdown on the home was conducted by members of the CWC of Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. Fifty-four of the 76 children are from Manipur and the rest are from Assam, the sources said, adding that the children had been staying at the Home since July 2009 . Shakti Vahini, Bikalpa Dhara and other organizations have urged the Union Home Minister to ask the CBI to investigate the matter. In a letter to the Minister, Shakti Vahini president Ravi Kant said: “These are very disturbing trends.

Trafficking from the Northeast and eastern Himalayan region is on the rise and it needs a detailed investigation. We are enclosing all the reports… these reports may be the tip of the iceberg and there are all possibilities that organized gangs have started operating in the area to traffick women and children. We seek a detailed inquiry into these reports and cases of trafficking by the CBI” .

Assam police waiting for details of boys rescued in Tamil Nadu

Sushanta Talukdar

Guwahati: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam Police is trying to get details about the 22 Assam boys, who were rescued, along with 54 others belonging to Manipur, by the Tamil Nadu police in Chennai and Kanyakumari. Inspector General of Police (IGP), CID and the State nodal officer for anti-trafficking Mukesh Sahay told The Hindu that he was trying to get in touch with Tamil Nadu CID officials. “The first level investigation will be done by the Tamil Nadu CID and we hope to get the preliminary information from them within the next two to three days,” he said.

Two Delhi-based NGOs — Shakti Vahini and Vikalp Dhara — that is fighting the trafficking menace have demanded a thorough inquiry into cases of trafficking from the northeastern States. Following the rescue of the boys, they wrote to N.S. Kalsi, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, on Wednesday drawing his attention to the increase in trafficking from the north-east.

They pointed out that the Tamil Nadu rescue was not an isolated case. “Trafficking from north-east India and the eastern Himalaya region is continuously on the rise and needs a detailed investigation,” wrote Ravi Kant, president, Shakti Vahini.

The letter also said media reports might indicate the tip of the iceberg and in all probability organised gangs had begun operating to traffick in women and children. Shakti Vahini alleged that the Assam government had not realised the gravity of the situation as could be gauged from the fact there was no official response from the State. Ideally, the Assam government should have immediately rushed a team to Tamil Nadu for the safe repatriation of the rescued children in cooperation with the Tamil Nadu government, it said.

National panel to take up child trafficking issue

Spl Correspondent in Assam Tribune Dated 28.01.2010

NEW DELHI, Jan 27 – The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is rushing a team to Chennai to take up the issue of trafficked children from Assam and Manipur. The decision to despatch a team to Tamil Nadu came following pressure from NGOs to institute a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry on the large-scale trafficking from Assam and North-Eastern States.

Chairperson of the NCPCR, Shanta Sinha told newsmen that a team has been assigned to visit Tamil Nadu to take up the issue with the State Government.The Commission is also going to convene a meeting of the North-Eastern States and the destination States to work out a coordination plan for State to State mechanism. “We are concerned about the North-Eastern States,” said the chairperson.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Shakti Vahini and Bikalpa Dhara also met the chairperson with a demand to institute an inquiry and take necessary action.In a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the two NGOs called for a CBI probe into the whole issue of trafficking. Trafficking from the North-East India and Eastern Himalaya region is continuously on the rise and needs a detailed investigation. There are all the possibilities that organised gangs have started operating in the area to traffic women and children.

Since these crimes are spread over different States it would be beneficial that this investigation is done by federal agency like the CBI, the NGOs said.

It was also pointed out that the Chennai incident is not an isolated case, in July last the Kolkata police had rescued 25 North-East children who were going towards Andhra Pradesh.Similarly, there was a media report about the plight of 1600 children who had been shifted to schools in Karnataka.

On August 5, 2008, Nagaland girls were rescued from traffickers in Malaysia. One trafficker was caught in Nagaland but nothing happened. “These are very disturbing trends,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini.

At least 76 children hailing from Manipur and Assam were rescued by Child Welfare Committee, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu from a children’s home in Magappair, Tamil Nadu. This is the second time that CWC had rescued trafficked children from Manipur in Tamil Nadu.All the rescued children were rescued from an unregistered orphanage called Bedesta Blessing Home located at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.Earlier, the CWC claimed to have rescued 17 from a Children Home in Magappair, Tamil Nadu few days back. Reports have it that Bedesta Blessing Home lacked both infrastructure and enough food to feed the children and the crackdown was done by the members of CWC of Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu.Out of the 76 children, 54 of them (all boys) belong to Manipur while the remaining hail from Assam, the source said adding the children were staying at BB Home since July, 2009.