Proposal for placing the new Instrument adopted by ILO Domestic Workers Convention and Domestic Workers Recommendation approved

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The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for placing the new instrument adopted by International Labour Organisation (ILO) – Domestic Workers Convention (C-189) and Domestic Workers Recommendation (R-201) before the Parliament. The International Labour Conference(ILC) of ILO at its 100th Session held in Geneva in June, 2011 adopted the Domestic Workers Convention (C-189) supplemented by the Domestic Workers Recommendation (R-201). India is one of the founder members of ILO. The Indian government delegation to ILC led by the Union Minister for Labour and Employment supported the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention and Recommendation.

Background:

Domestic workers constitute a huge segment of the workforce especially in the developing countries. Domestic work is informal, undocumented and poorly regulated. Migrant domestic workers are worse affected. It has also been observed that domestic workers are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and trafficking. There are about 6.4 million domestic workers in India as per available statistics. A large number of such workers come from poor and backward areas and are illiterate and unskilled.

Civil, police, SF officers deliberate on human trafficking

According to a report, around 20-25 percent of missing person cases were mostly children out of which 2/3 go untraced in Nagaland.

According to a report, around 20-25 percent of missing person cases were mostly children out of which 2/3 go untraced in Nagaland.

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NAGALAND POST

State home commissioner J. Alam said that human trafficking was “gigantic in proportion” and opined that inadequate knowledge about the issue presented inadequate response from law enforcing officers to tackle the menace.

He was speaking as chief guest at a seminar on trafficking programme for mid-career interaction between civil service officers and armed forces at Hotel Japfü, Kohima Thursday. Alam pointed out various specific laws governing trafficking related crimes and maintained that more awareness and facilities were needed to deal with them.

He said human trafficking in Nagaland was not seen as a serious matter as missing cases were not filed as trafficking cases. He also claimed that around 20-25 percent of missing person cases were mostly children out of which 2/3 go untraced. At the national level, he said the CBI constantly kept data and tracked the issue, and at state levels, additional SPs were designated as nodal officers for trafficking crimes at each district.

He appreciated the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) for organizing the programme which provided an opportunity to civil and officers of the armed forces to get together to address a social threat. He also highlighted that the basic purpose of such discourse was to provide a common platform for armed forces officers and civil services officers to share experiences and learn from each other so as to form new perspectives for their own benefit and for the general public.

Pointing out that there were certain age-old guidelines governing interaction between civil administration and the military which needed to be deliberated and introspected on, Alam further urged officers of both organizations to do away with looking on each other as “the others”.

Also speaking at the seminar on human trafficking, SP Tuensang Roopa said Nagaland has become a transit route for human trafficking especially women and children who were being transported from neighboring states to other parts of India.

Roopa said that though human trafficking in Nagaland existed mainly “inward” in the form of domestic help particularly employed by the richer sections of the society,   the issue bore a bigger brunt along the borders with adjoining states.

She pointed out that primary causes of human trafficking in Nagaland were   unemployment, lack of income, lack of quality education, rise in phony organizations particularly in the interior parts of the state with false promises of providing people with employment or education, or in case of girls, on pretext of false marriages etc.

Lamenting on statistics which indicate that police files do not say much about the issue as cases were not usually reported to the police, Roopa said it was only through media reports that prevalence of human trafficking in the state was ascertained. She also pointed out that there was lack of coordination in tackling the issue by the administration, police and other law enforcing agencies, adding, the need of the hour was a proper implementation of laws dealing with child labour and trafficking crimes.

Prodigals Home Dimapur director K. Ela, termed human trafficking as a “modern day slavery” affecting the most vulnerable sections of the Naga society- women and children. She said human trafficking was considered as the third biggest illegal and lucrative trade worldwide after drugs and arms with at least 2 million people reportedly being trafficked annually, and among that, 18,000-20,000 women and children were supposedly trafficked in India each year.

Ela also said that NE women and children have become an easy target in this social menace, but added that the central and state governments in view of the severeness of the issue were putting up numerous efforts to tackle the issue. She also informed that various steps were being initiated to combat anti-trafficking in Nagaland as well.

The programme was attended by officers from different sections of the Indian armed forces stationed at various military bases including Dimapur, Jakhama, Rangapahar, Jorhat, Arunachal Pradesh, Shillong, Tezpur, Karnataka, Vishakhapatnam and Kochi; while civil services officers came from Dimapur, Shillong and Kohima, including DC Kohima Beiu Angami.

http://www.nagalandpost.com/ChannelNews/State/StateNews.aspx?news=TkVXUzEwMDAwNjU1NQ%3D%3D-8meHGUrd2T4%3D

A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FROM MIZORAM POLICE

Mr Joseph Lalchhuana SP CID Crime and Nodal Officer, Anti Human Trafficking, Mizoram presenting a momento to Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini for a succesful joint operation in which seven people involved in Human Trafficking were arrested and a minor victim rescued

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NCPCR’s intervention brings relief to child illegally detained, abused & tortured by Haryana police

New Delhi, Sep 28: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)  has brought relief to a child who was illegally detained and brutally tortured by the Haryana police for allegedly committing a petty crime. The Commission took suo-moto cognizance of a report published in national English daily Hindustan Times on April 2, 2011. As per the report, the minor was arrested on 28-03-2011 on charges of stealing of a vehicle belonging to one Sumit Bhardwaj who had reported the loss and against which an FIR was registered with the Gurgaon police.

 The arrest was shown on 29-03-2011 while the child’s family members alleged that the Sonu  was picked up from his house on 28.03.2011 and illegally detained and tortured  by the police.A thorough inquiry conducted by the Commission established the fact that the child was illegally detained, physically abused  and tortured in custody by the police. Under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000 a child, who is in conflict with law, can only be apprehended and not arrested.

“The Commission in its recommendations to Chief Secretary and the DC, Gurgaon and other concerned Departments had directed the State Govt to lodge FIRs against the erring police officials, pay an interim relief of Rs 25,000  to the child, ensure educational rights of the child to be restored at the earliest among many other”, informed Shri Vinod Kumar Tikoo, Member NCPCR who led the inquiry team which probed into the case.

In a recent directions by DC Gurgaon, the Police Commissioner has been directed to pay the interim relief of Rs 25,000  to the child at the earliest. The Govt has already reported to have lodged FIRs against the erring police officials. The final action taken report taking the case to its logical conclusion is awaited in this regard.“The case is indicative of a larger social malaise. We are happy that the child, who has been a victim of brutal abuse and torture at the hands of the police, is being provided with interim relief as per directions of the Commission. However, the mental agony that the child went through can never be compensated ,’’  he commented.

Incidentally, a study conducted by the Ministry of Woman and Child Development in 2007, covering 12,500 children and 4,800 young adults across 13 states of India, had revealed that boys and girls were equally vulnerable to abuse and that over 53 per cent respondents had faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.The study also mentioned that Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi have almost consistently reported higher rates of abuse in all forms as compared to other states.

 

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2 arrested for trafficking-attempt

HIMALYAN TIMES

URLABARI: Two persons, who were arrested on the charge of involving in the trafficking of three girls to India, were remanded into custody on Wednesday. Police have filed cases of human trafficking against them. The arrestees are Goma Dhakal and Gita Gurung of Urlabari-6, Doghare, in Morang district.Police had arrested the accused on September 12 on the charge of involving in trafficking of Punam Rai, 16, Bishnu Maya Giri, 15, and an unidentified girl of Shanishchare-4.Parbata Luintel, 16, of the same place was also arrested on the charge of helping the accused. The court has ordered to send Luintel to reform centre as she was under-aged.Among the three girls, Punam Rai is under the protection of Save House, Biratnagar, whereas the other two girls have been missing.It is suspected that Sanjeev Lama of Hetauda is behind the disappearance of the two girls. Lama has been absconding.

http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=2+arrested+for+trafficking-attempt+&NewsID=304285

TRAFFICKER WANTED IN SEVERAL CASES ARRESTED – 5 VICTIMS RESCUED

RESCUE- TRAFFICKED VICTIMS

RESCUE- TRAFFICKED VICTIMS

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IN A SEARCH OPERATION CONDUCTED FOR TWO DAYS ACROSS DELHI AND GHAZIABAD BY A CID TEAM FROM WEST BENGAL (AHTU) / DELHI POLICE (AHTU) AND SHAKTI VAHINI A TRAFFICKER WANTED IN SEVERAL CASES IN WEST BENGAL WAS ARRESTED AND FIVE MINOR GIRLS WERE RECOVERED. THE ARRESTED HAPPENED ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2011.DOCUMENTS CONTAINING DETAILS OF HUNDREDS OF VICTIMS HAVE BEEN SEIZED . DOCUMENTS MENTIONING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN RECOVERED. THE ACCUSED WAS RUNNING AN ILLEGAL PLACEMENT AGENCY. THE CID WEST BENGAL (AHTU) HAD COME TO DELHI UNDER THE ORDERS OF THE KOLKATTA HIGH COURT. THE DELHI POLICE AHTU PROVIDED ALL TECHNICAL , LOGISTICAL AND INVESTIGATION SUPPORT

TRAFFICKER WANTED IN SEVERAL CASES ARRESTED

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SOURCE: SHAKTI VAHINI

IN A SEARCH OPERATION CONDUCTED FOR TWO DAYS ACROSS DELHI AND GHAZIABAD BY A CID TEAM FROM WEST BENGAL (AHTU) / DELHI POLICE (AHTU) AND SHAKTI VAHINI A TRAFFICKER WANTED IN SEVERAL CASES IN WEST BENGAL WAS ARRESTED AND FIVE MINOR GIRLS WERE RECOVERED. THE ARRESTED HAPPENED ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2011.DOCUMENTS CONTAINING DETAILS OF HUNDREDS OF GIRLS HAVE BEEN SEIZED . DOCUMENTS MENTIONING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN RECOVERED. THE ACCUSED WAS RUNNING AN ILLEGAL PLACEMENT AGENCY. THE CID WEST BENGAL (AHTU) HAD COME TO DELHI UNDER THE ORDERS OF THE KOLKATTA HIGH COURT. THE DELHI POLICE AHTU PROVIDED ALL TECHNICAL , LOGISTICAL AND INVESTIGATION SUPPORT

Children in India Vulnerable to Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Aftermath of Quake

Wasim, a child labourer, works at a tea stall ...

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26/09/2011 – Children in quake affected areas of northeastern India are facing another crisis, one that is manmade and which has left them vulnerable to abuse.

As families and communities attempt to grapple with the devastation caused by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which hit India mid-September, children are especially vulnerable to malnutrition, disease and human trafficking.

The North Sikkim province of India was the worst effected with nearly a hundred dead and many still missing. In its wake it has also left orphaned and unaccompanied children those who have been separated from their families.

When such a crisis hits communities, studies conducted by numerous worldwide and Indian agencies clearly indicate that women and children are highly vulnerable to trafficking as law enforcement agencies may be overwhelmed and traditional protection mechanisms such as the extended family may have been dismantled.

The United Nation’s Division for the Advancement of Women states that following the Tsunami in Indonesia, women were vulnerable to traffickers who were taking advantage of those who had lost their family and social and financial support networks. Some women felt that they no longer had a choice, and allowed themselves to be trafficked in order to survive.

UNICEF stated that child survivors of the quake may face similar risks from human traffickers, and find may find themselves trapped in situations of child labour, child trafficking and sexual exploitation.

A local official, the Additional Superintendent of the Anti-Trafficking Cell of the Police, PK Pradhan, stated that “At present we have not received any such report. Most of the Sikkim roads are closed owing to the landslides triggered by the quake. However as soon as things starts to normalize, the vulnerability factor will grow. We are definitely keeping a close tab.”

A local NGO official stated that “there are traffickers always on the lookout for such situations whereby they take full advantage, promising the survivors jobs and a way out from their misery.”

Traffickers are able to lure many children and youth with the promise of good jobs in urban areas, such as in shopping malls and beauty parlors. Although they are lured with promises of good jobs, unfortunately many end up in brothels or working the streets to survive.

Efforts to rehabilitate them diluted due to indiscretion of judicial magistrates

(Hyderabad) While an estimated 1.5 lakh children and women in the State are victims of trafficking and sexual abuse; efforts to rescue and rehabilitate them are being gravely diluted due to indiscretion of judicial magistrates.

Even as few victims are rescued due to surreptitious nature of trafficking, many of them fail to be rehabilitated due to inopportune releases. “Many rescued victims are immediately taken away by traffickers and are again subjected to sexual abuse. This is because magistrates release them merely on production of certificates, which are most often counterfeit. This has been our grouse,” says Chaya Ratan, Principal Secretary to Government, Women Development and Child Welfare Department (WDCWD). Officials informed that magistrates order release without even seeking social investigation report, family background or case studies of the victims. In November last year, over 60 sexually exploited minor children were rescued from areas of Chandrapur and Yavartala, but officials informed that they were released within days without being provided any opportunity for counselling, education or training. The ‘Swadhar’ and ‘Ujjawala’ homes established by the government are being run with support of NGOs, for rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked women. But, NGOs too allege that such releases are leaving them incapacitated. “Most women and child victims are harassed both physically and mentally. While they are rescued and brought to the home, we are forced to release most of them within a week due to court orders. Some even leave in a day,” said the manager of an Ujjwala home in Ramanthapur.

“When the court that is supposed to protect their rights orders their release, we are powerless and can do nothing for their rehabilitation in such a short span,” she added. Several NGOs running the homes suggested that victims would benefit from such a scheme only if they are made to stay for at least three months.

 “Several times we know that the person seeking release is the trafficker, but we have to let them go due to orders from a magistrate. Many are brought back to the home a second time after being caught in raids again,” said Padmavati of Kasturbha Gandhi National Memorial Trust which runs a Swadhar home.

 Officials of the WDCWD had brought the issue to the notice of the Chief Justice in 2009 and had also written to the Registrar of the High Court requesting review of training curriculum for judicial magistrates to incorporate such concerns. Officials informed that they are still awaiting response.

SOURCE: THE HINDU

SHAKTI VAHINI PRESIDENT SPEAKS AT THE PRESS CLUB OF INDIA ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING