‘Special’ police station in Faridabad




The officers were lectured to be sensitive while dealing with cases of domestic violence, human trafficking, child abuse, etc. “Faridabad‘s Central Police station has been designated as the nodal police station to deal with cases of human trafficking,” said AK Rao, Joint Commissioner of Police, Faridabad.

“The cops selected for working in this special cell of Central Police station will receive proper training and also study about human trafficking through distance education,” Rao said. The workshop of police officers was held to change the “mindset of the policemen” towards sensitive issues such as domestic violence, human trafficking, etc.Some of the policemen attending the workshop presented a grim view of the actual situation on ground. They said it was totally different than what the prescribed laws preach.”Police has to deal with cases in which women and children are involved very carefully so that their rights are protected,” said Ravi Kant, a supreme court lawyer and head of NGO Shakti Vahini while making presentation before the policemen at the workshop.”But on the ground we come across many cases when a woman snatches chain of another woman. It then becomes difficult for the police to handle such cases,” said SHO SGM Nagar Ravinder Kumar.

“We had a case in which a woman got a case registered against her husband under 498A(dowry), took money from him, married another man and leveled similar charges against him too,” Kumar said.”In such a situation what are we supposed to do?” he asked.The police officers said the Central police station in Faridabad is among one of the three such police stations to deal with human trafficking cases in entire Haryana. “One is in Panchkula and another one in Gurgaon,” Rao added.






Shakti Vahini, a national level voluntary organization has conducted a Sensitization Programme on Child Protection and Violence against Women in collaboration with the Police Department today at the Faridabad Police Lines. The Programme was inaugurated by Sh. Anil Kumar Rao, IPS, Joint Commissioner of Police, Faridabad by lighting the lamp. During his speech he said that the Faridabad Police will give more importance to the issue of human trafficking and sensitization programme on this issue will be conducted in the police station level. He stressed on registering each cases related to human trafficking so that the issue can be monitored properly the law enforcement agencies. He added that Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) would be set up in every district of Haryana.

Ms. Hema Kaushik, the Protection Officer welcomed all the participants and the resource persons. She appreciated the Police for their proactive policing in the matter related to children and women.

Altogether 70 police personnel including SHOs and IOs of Inspector and Sub-Inspector rank of different police station of Faridabad have attended the programme. Mr. Ravi Kant, Advocate Supreme Court of India conducted the session on Juvenile Justice Act, Child Labour Act, Bonded Labour Act, Domestic Violence Act and Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act and the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

All the police personnel present in the programme showed their keen interest about the women and children. The Law Enforcement Agencies should know about issues connected to trafficking of women and children. It is an organised crime so it is extremely important for all of us to join hands in order to curb this crime. The need of strengthening of the restoration and repatriation of the victims was stressed. The impact of low sex ratio in Haryana which leads to human trafficking also dwelt at length. As a part of this programme a few recent case studies were also shared with the present gathering. Some of the case studies handled by particular police stations in Faridabad were shared by concerned police personnel themselves.

The workshop also focussed on the increase of child labour for Domestic work and the role which Police needs to play in combating it. The role of convergence of all agencies in Child Protection was stressed.

Advocate Kant also discussed about the JJB and legal aid. He requested the police officials to follow the guidelines   of J.J Act very carefully and methodically. It was emphasised that the police should be very sensitive and affectionate while handling cases pertaining to children. It was requested to the police personnel to treat each and every child as their own child and they should never take J.J Act with any kind of fear or hatredness. They should try to come out with positive measures in order to fill the gaps. Police personnel present over there discussed the challenges faced by them while they deal with cases pertaining to children.

Domestic Violence remains one of the most prevalent yet largely invisible forms of violence. Contrary to the general belief, Domestic Violence is not restricted to certain social sections. Domestic Violence occurs in many forms physical, emotional, sexual, economic, verbal, etc. Woman faces Domestic Violence as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, or a partner in her lifetime. As per the NCRB Report 2003, 36.1% of the total reported crimes against women relate to domestic violence.

Advocate  Kant said, “Violence affects the lives of millions of women and girls in all socio-economic classes around the world. There are different forms of violence against women like Trafficking in Women which involves both sexual exploitation and work exploitation of its victims. Domestic violence is another violation of women’s human rights. Violence directed against women by their intimate partners is an epidemic of global proportions that has devastating physical, emotional, financial and social effects on women, children, families and communities. Sexual Harassment is also a violation which causes great physical and psychological injuries to a large percentage of women in workplaces. Harassment intended for women in the workplace by their supervisors, fellow employees or third parties interferes considered as Sexual Harassment.”

The workshop was ended by vote of thanks from Ms. Hema Kaushik, the Protection Officer.

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NGOs under scanner for child trafficking

NEW DELHI: Two minors trafficked from Assam and West Bengal by placement agents have claimed that they were repeatedly raped in Delhi and later “sold off” or placed as domestic helps in Haryana. These allegations have led the crime branch of Delhi Police and west district police to tighten noose around dubious placement agencies and NGOs operating from west and southwest Delhi.

The incident came to light after NGO Shakti Vahini found a 13-year-old girl from Gurgaon‘s DLF Phase-I on Wednesday. “The girl placed with a Bengali family told her employers how she had been raped after being brought to Delhi from Balurghat in West Bengal. The Gurgaon police made a DD entry and asked us to contact Punjabi Bagh police in Delhi where she was raped,” said Rishikant, a volunteer with the NGO.

This is not the only case of harassment and abuse. Rishikant said that another girl from Jharkhand had been raped in Punjabi Bagh-Shakurpur area in November last year. However, the Punjabi Bagh police denied having recorded the last incident. Another girl was rescued from Karnal by another volunteer Raj Singh Chaudhry. “We rescued the Assamese girl. She was sold for Rs 20,600. We have even recovered a payment slip,” said Chaudhry.

But the police are in denial. The Faridabad police denied a minor maid servant had gone missing from the district even after a West Bengal police team traced the girl from Jalpaiguri in north Bengal to Delhi. “Certain placement agencies are under the scanner but since this is an inter-state trafficking racket, we will need a central agency to monitor these placement cells. It is shocking that these agencies get their licence through the general Shop and Establishment Act,” said a senior crime branch officer.

Earlier, a probe into a fake adoption racket run by a doctor and two NGO workers had led the police to question the existence of several dubious placement agencies who were running their operations through fake NGOs. Cops said that they have found several organizations, especially in west and southwest Delhi. “They adopt rescued minors even when they have no legal status. We are now taking the help of the Child Welfare Committees in identifying these rogues,” said a senior officer investigating the case. He added that NGOs dealing with kidnapped and missing girl children are under ‘special’ focus.

It was while investigating these cases, that the crime branch arrested one Amit alias Mittu who claimed to be running a NGO – Jiwan Sewa EK Prayas – and introduced himself as a reporter. “When we checked his background, we found that he was involved in two murders in Rohtak and Punjab. Upon his release recently, he had snatched a Toyota Corolla from the Palam Vihar area. The accused was arrested from the Dwarka sector 12 area,” said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).


Boyd Law Students Study Human Rights in India

Students at the William S. Boyd School of Law traveled to India over the winter break to study with the India International & Comparative Human Rights Law Practicum. Five students from the UNLV Boyd School of Law participated, working with 10 other U.S. law students and 14 Indian law students in the areas of international and human rights law.

This intersession, held in New Delhi, was the first year in which UNLV Boyd School of Law offered the program, created by Boyd Professor Martin Geer and Professor Krishna Rao of the National Law School in New Delhi who was part of the program’s teaching faculty. The students attended lectures, gave presentations, wrote reflective journals, participated in field placements and completed research papers on various topics. Students received three credits.




Geer said the program is the first partnership of its kind between the two largest democracies in the world that included both law students and faculty from both countries. “My hope is that (the students) started to think outside the box and cross-culturally,” Geer said. Geer said he chose India, in part, because both the U.S. and India are common law systems and law school classes are taught in English.


During the first week, students attended lectures on various human rights projects in the morning, followed by visits to human rights organizations working on related issues in the afternoon. They also visited the Indian trial courts and the largest prison in Asia.

During the second week, students worked more intensely with one organization. They spent a few days with lawyers at each organization to plan a research paper that they would write after returning to the U. S. that would help the groups’ specific missions. One of the organizations requested that the students help directly with litigation rather than writing traditional research papers. Students helped the People’s Union for Civil Liberties draft an appeal on behalf of an Indian doctor and human rights activist who was sentenced to death in December 2010.

“This program combines some of the best aspects of both a traditional externship and an in-house clinic, as students have the benefit of both experiential field-based learning and more structured reflection and discussion sessions with their peers and professors,” said Boyd Professor Fatma Marouf. “The basic idea is that they can engage in some action, reflect on it, analyze and revise their theories for social change and then engage in action again.”

Professor M.R.K. Prasad of V.M. Salgaocar College of Law in Panjim, Goa, India, said the program gave students from both countries opportunities to understand the other’s legal systems and human rights concerns.“The course was designed in such a manner that American students are required to sit next to one Indian student, and every day they work with groups of Indian students,” Prasad said. “They did find out there are similarities in various issues such as affirmative action, human trafficking, rights of the prisoners, transgender issues and gay rights.” Prasad said the program helps strengthen the ties between the United States and India. “It has a potential of fostering understanding in two great cultures, one representing the older, and the other, the modern,” he said.

Geer stressed that the students worked hard while in India. He said that the students felt the human rights work was exciting, but also challenging. Boyd law professor Fatma Marouf was significantly involved in both teaching classes and assisting with the field work in the areas of human trafficking and asylum. “The cross-cultural experience of working with law students and professors from another country also adds a layer of complexity and highlights the contextual and cultural aspects of strategies for social change. I believe both the US and Indian law students learned an enormous amount from each other,” Marouf said.




Boyd law student Blake Quackenbush and the other law students visited a variety of organizations, including the United Nations, Indian governmental agencies and national human rights organizations. Specifically, Quackenbush worked with Shakti Vahini, an organization that focuses on protecting child rights and fighting human trafficking. As part of his field work, Quackenbush visited an HIV/AIDS clinic in the red-light district in Delhi.“I entered brothels and interviewed women trafficked into prostitution in order to gain a better understanding of why the crime of human trafficking persists despite strong laws put in place by the Indian government,” Quackenbush said. Quackenbush’s research paper discusses issues related to HIV/AIDS and the collateral consequences of legalized prostitution in relation to the larger topic of human trafficking.


Boyd student Hyungseon “Sunny” Jeong also worked with Shakti Vahini on human trafficking issues. Her research paper focuses on how police corruption assists the continued existence of human trafficking in the red light districts despite strong Indian laws. The students said they felt that the interaction with the Indian students and professors was helpful. “I felt like the interaction with the Indian students, professors and placement supervisors taught me some creative ways to implement what India is doing well, such as Panchayat (a village-level democracy, education, and leadership system), some methods of rescue and rehabilitation methods, community education methods (street play) and so on,” Jeong said.

Jeong said she formed valuable relationships with both the U.S. and Indian students and professors she met. Most of the students keep in touch. Boyd student Patrick McGraw said he enjoyed the intercultural exchange of ideas. “The Indian students provided context that might have otherwise been missed, and their passion for human rights work was impressive,” McGraw said. He said he had an eye-opening experience expanding his idea of what it meant to be involved in human rights work. Visiting different organizations helped him and the other students choose what group was the best fit for their strengths.

“We can contribute most when our strengths match the needs of the organization,” he said. Although the students worked hard, Quackenbush said the students were able to visit mosques, Hindu temples and the Taj Mahal. “I rode an elephant, camel, and I even rode in a bus filled with people with monkeys on top,” he said.

Geer said he and Marouf are working on doing the program next winter with some changes, pending approval from the American Bar Association. Boyd School of Law students Aaron Macdonald and Amanda Weishar also attended the practicum.To view photos from the 2010 India International & Comparative Human Rights Law Practicum, go to http://www.law.unlv.edu/WebGalleries/Events_IndiaWinterProgram_12-20-10/index.html.

Child protection committee to be set up soon



Times of India , Gurgaon

GURGAON: Shakti Vahini, which runs Childline (1098) in Gurgaon organised a workshop on Child Protection in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development ( NPCCD) and Childline India Foundation on Friday at the DC’s office on Friday. The programme was attended by the participants of almost 80 different departments of the district administration. 

Sunaina Choudhry, Programme Officer of ICDS said a district Child Protection Committee would be set up soon in Gurgaon. The DC will head the committee with the support of other departments in the district administration.

Ravi Kant, SC advocate, chaired a session on the Juvenile Justice Act, Child Labour Act and Bonded Labour Act. As part of the workshop, a movie on human trafficking was screened. Kant said that it was the responsibility of all the citizens to inform Childline (1098) whenever they find any child in distress.




Shakti Vahini, a national level voluntary organization, which runs CHILDLINE (1098) in Gurgaon has organized a workshop on Child Protection in collaboration with National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NPCCD) and CHILDLINE India Foundation today at the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Gurgaon. The programme was attended by the participants from Labour Department, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare, Health Department, Programme Officer ICDS. Altogether 80 participants from different department of district administration have participated in the programme.

Dr. Rekha Yadav, the Deputy Civil Surgeon of district health department said, “the Health department will of course extend its helping hands for the medical examination of the children in need of care and protection.” She added, “the health department is working closely for the issue of female foeticiciede which is one of the most important reasons for child trafficking in Haryana.”

Ms. Sunaina Choudhry, Programme Officer of ICDS said that the formation of District Child Protection Committee is offing and very soon Gurgaon will have the committee for child protection. The Deputy Commissioner will head the committee with the support of the Health, Education, Labour and other departments of district administration.

Ms. Jyoti Choudhry, the district Education Officer told that she would issue a circular to all the school principals for spreadinf the message of CHILDLINE (1098) among the school children.

Mr. Ravi Kant, Advocate Supreme Court of India took a long session on Juvenile Justice Act, Child Labour Act and Bonded Labour Act. The department of Labour assured that they will keep no stone unturned for the justice of the child labourers in Gurgaon.

Mr. Kant appealed that all the government officials should know that Child Trafficking for Labour is an organised crime, so it is extremely important for all of us to join hands  in order to curb this crime. The need of strengthening of the restoration and repatriation of the victims was stressed. The impact of low sex ratio in Haryana which leads to human trafficking also dwelt at length. As a part of this programme a few recent case studies were also shared with the present gathering.

Mr. Subir Roy spoke about the roles and importance of the CHILDLINE Programme in city. He also shared the statistics of Gurgaon CHILDLINE for last four years. According to the data Gurgaon CHILDLINE has handled 508 cases in the last four years. The statistics said that the graph of child labour, bonded labour and missing children are highly increasing. Mr. Roy said that crimes were there in earlier also, but most of the crimes went unnoticed. Due to awareness created by CHILDLINE, Gurgaon now the number of cases are increasing.

He stated that CHILDLINE  is a network committed to a mission and mandate for child protection. It is to create a child friendly nation that guarantees welfare of children. As a part of this worshop a movie on human trafficking was  screened. The recent DLF Phase I rescue of a child labour was also shared with gathering. Mr. Kant said that it is the responsibility of all the citizens to inform CHILDLINE (1098) whenever they would find any child in distress.

At the end all the participants signed petitions against child sex abuse and trafficking. The signature campaign is being done by The Body Shop and Shakti Vahini. The petitions will be submitted to the Prime Minister of India on World Anti-trafficking day i.e 26th June.

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Venue: Trilokpuri, East Delhi/  05 MARCH 2011

Shakti Vahini, the nodal NGO in East and New Delhi district for the Awareness Programme on Juvenile Justice System for Police Officers recommended by Special Police Unit for Women and Children, Nanakpura in collaboration with Special Juvenile Police Unit, East Delhi has organized a community outreach Programme in Trilokpuri, Block 32 on March 5, 2011. The programme was started at 2pm and continued till 4:30pm.

The Programme was attended by Insp. Smt. Kusum Maindola, SJPU East and her colleagues, Shakti Vahini team, SJPU Social Worker, local leaders and the community people. The programme was started with the welcome speech by Mr. Subir Roy, Director (Programmes and Projects), Shakti Vahini. In his speech he dwelt at length the issues related to child labour/child trafficking. He said “Today’s children are the Tomorrows Future.” We should protect each and every child in distress. He told the community people that they should not keep any child for domestic help.

In the last three years altogether 17,305 children went missing from Delhi only. Out of these 2,366 children are yet to be traced. Mr. Roy asked the gathering about their opinion regarding the children who are yet to be traced, where these children go. He talked about the illegal business run by the unregistered placement agencies illegally running in the city. These placement agencies are involved in the organized crime of child trafficking. They bring children from the poor states and employ them in the city as domestic help. As per the work done by Shakti Vahini it was revealed that most of these children are harassed, tortured and are not being paid for their service. Mr. Roy requested all the present gathering to help the children who are in distress with the help of the NGO and Police.

Insp. Smt. Kusum Maindola, SJPU east spoke on the role of SJPU and how it can help the community children. She told that the community people could ask for help to the police at any time by dialing 100 or 1098 of CHILDLINE. She explained that SJPU is a wing of Delhi Police and it works on Juveniles.

Then a Street Play on child labour/child trafficking was performed by volunteers of Ahwahan Foundation.


The street Play was organized for creating the awareness to combat Child Labour and Child Trafficking among the people. Street Play is the best suited to explain to the community people the kind of life a child labour is forced to lead and the hardships they face. The street plays were performed to create awareness about need for education, emphasizing on the need for improving access to education and quality of education, to eradicate child labour from the society.

The performers used simple local language to make the villagers understand the issues more easily and effectively. This plays an important role in informing the parents about various tactics used by the traffickers for persuading them (parents) to send their children along. Through these plays mainly the community people were targeted as they are victims of many child abuses. Through this street play initiative approximately 1500 people are sensitized in the Trilokpuri area. The gathering present there promised to share the message for anti child labour and ani child trafficking among their neighbors.

The play:

The street play was started by a song on Child Trafficking for Labour supported by the instrument ‘Dafli.’ The mesmerizing sound of the instrument and the song sung by the performers attracted the gathering. The performers who are professionals in the field of acting showed in their play about the trafficking of a child and how he gets involved in the child labour and abused by his/her owner. The play also showed the conditions of the child labours in the city as well as the rural areas. The children are harassed by their employer for minor mistakes; they are being tortured, not being paid. Some of them are not even allowed to meet their parents. The play also pass the message that as the children are low paid, don’t take the decision of their exploitation they are always in demand for child labour. One representative from a local NGO also spoke in the programme. The SJPU Social Worker gave the vote of thanks to all the present gathering.