Assam lags in victim relief

TRAFFICKING IN ASSAM

TRAFFICKING IN ASSAM

THE TELEGRAPH , GUWAHATI

Mizoram among 18 proactive states

Guwahati, May 30: Assam is lagging far behind in preparing a compensation scheme for victims of rape and human trafficking. While 18 states in the country have approved schemes for payment of compensation to victims of rape and human trafficking, Assam is yet to start the process of preparing the scheme.

Ravi Kant, a member of the Central Advisory Committee on Combating Trafficking, told this correspondent today that despite Assam being a source area for human trafficking, the state government was yet to formulate any scheme that could go a long way in rehabilitating the victims.

He said in the Northeast only Mizoram has prepared a compensation scheme while Meghalaya was in the process of notifying one. “But in Assam, the social welfare department, which is to prepare the scheme, is yet to initiate the process,” he added.

It is mandatory for all state governments to prepare the victim compensation scheme in consultation with the Centre and notify the same in accordance with Section 357(A) of the CrPC. Kant said the ministry of child and women development had written to all the states in November last year to prepare the scheme.

Altogether 18 states have approved such schemes so far, he added.

Kant said the absence of such a scheme in Assam was making it very difficult to rehabilitate rescued victims of human trafficking.

The central advisory committee, which was formed in 1994 with the secretary of the ministry of women and child development as its chairperson, was the result of a Supreme Court directive that a committee be formed at the Centre to look into human trafficking.

Kant said it was essential to have a compensation scheme for victims of rape and trafficking because they need to be restored to a position of dignity and self-confidence.

“It is this principle of restorative justice that must form the basis of efforts to address the trauma that victims goes through and it must entail compensation in the form of financial assistance and support services such as counselling, shelter, medical and legal aid,” he added.

He said besides mental anguish, rape victims also suffer financial agony as they become too traumatised to remain employed.

“In case of trafficking, since most of the victims are from impoverished families, sometimes their parents refuse to accept them after they are rescued from the clutches of traffickers. In such cases, government compensation can play a big role in their rehabilitation,” Kant said.

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Anti-trafficking unit lacks manpower for child rescue

DEVESH PANDEY IN THE HINDU

The Lajpat Nagar Child Welfare Committee has sought more staff for the anti-human trafficking unit of the Delhi Police Crime Branch for completion of pending assignments and rescue of more children, pointing out that the investigating officer in a case had expressed inability to conduct more rescues citing the current position of his staff strength.

In an order pertaining to the rescue of nine children, the CWC noted that the Crime Branch officer leading the investigation had expressed complete helplessness in rescuing more children due to lack of manpower. “The investigating officer has failed to do the required work even in the case of rescued children. One of the children had given before the committee specific complaint of sexual harassment amounting to outraging modesty, but the officer is yet to take action against the employers despite the fact that CWC has reminded the investigating officer several times,” said the order issued on Wednesday.

The committee said if such was the working of the Crime Branch, it would be in the interest of the children to transfer the case to the district police for investigation and needful action.

“The children will get justice and rehabilitated swiftly if the investigation officer follows the standard procedures as prescribed by the Delhi High Court….committee decides to send a copy of the order to the Delhi Police Commissioner for drawing his attention towards the working of the anti-human trafficking unit of the Crime Branch. The Police Commissioner may decide to give more staff to the branch for completing the unfinished task of rescuing more children and taking action against accused person, or transfer the case to the district police,” said the committee, adding that given the present condition of the unit, it was not expecting much to happen for the rescue of trafficked victims.

The CWC brought on record a brief report submitted by the investigating officer stating that four of the accused employers had presented themselves before the committee. “One more accused has been arrested and she is in judicial custody…As discussed with the employer, they are ready to pay the remaining wages,” said the report.

The committee observed that while the children’s statement had been recorded by the sub-divisional magistrate concerned, no order had been issued by him regarding the status of the children as bonded labours under the law.

“It is now more than 15 days and the matter has been pending with the SDM. This will delay the process of rehabilitation of children,” the order said.


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HC directs govt to close down unauthorized immigration consultancies

HINDUSTAN TIMES

The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the protector of emigrants, Chandigarh to provide list of the names of registered immigration consultancies and agents in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to the respective states and UT so that unauthorized immigration shops can be closed down.

The division bench comprising acting chief justice MM Kumar and justice Alok Singh directed the two states and UT to check the credentials of all the immigration consultancies and agents and take action as per law against the defaulters and file their status reports within four weeks time.

The bench, during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by former high court judge Amar Dutt also issued directions to union ministry of overseas Indian affairs and proctector general of emigrants to put the names of authorited immigration consultancies/consultants on their websites and give it wide publicity so that public could come to know about the genuine consultants. It was also directed that the authorities concerned would also keep a watch on the advertisements being issued in the print and electronic media by the immigration counsultancies to check frauds.

Justice(retd) Dutt is also the chairman of the nodal cell for NRI affairs constituted by the Chandigarh Administration. He had informed the bench through his counsel Anil Malhotra that in the absence of any law made by Parliament to define the offence of human smuggling and illegal trafficking of human beings, unscrupulous agents and unregistered agencies indulge in the illegal business of sending gullible citizens abroad by wrong means upon extracting huge sums of money.

The bench was also informed that the Emigration Act, 1983 is the only legislation on the subject made by Parliament. All the recruiting agents/employers working in any place are duty bound to follow the provisions laid down under the Act, before conducting the business of sending people outside India on the pretext of jobs or employment. The recruiting agents/employers not working as per the 1983 Act are unlicensed and unauthorized, it was informed.

The case would now come up for hearing on July 12.

High profile call girl racket involving foreign nationals busted in South Delhi.

  • High profile call girl racket involving foreign nationals busted in South Delhi.
  • Six Uzbek women including a lady pimp apprehended. 

A team of officers of crime branch led by Inspr. Arti Sharma and consisting of SI Rajneesh Sharma, ASI Suresh Kumar, ASI Hemkaran, HC Rajinder, HC Bahadur Sharma and HC Amit Tomar, Ct. Ct. Narender, Ct. Dabbu, Ct. Devender, Ct. Naseem, Ct. Deepak and Ct. Gyaneshwar under the supervision of Addl. DCP Joy Tirkey has busted an international prostitution racket being run by Uzbek women in the posh area of Chhaterpur Farms, South Delhi. Six women including a lady pimp have been arrested.  The racket was being run from a rented accommodation. The lady pimp has been staying in India since the year 2009 after visa extension on various grounds. She facilitated her other ‘colleagues’ to come over and stay in Delhi on a tourist visa. She even got one girl married an Indian National to enable her to get multiple entry visa on marital grounds. According to her there is a great demand for women from the erstwhile Soviet Union in the NCR region.

All arrested persons are citizen of Uzbekistan and in the age group of 27 – 33 years.

 Incident

Information was received in SIT/Crime Branch that an international call girl racket was being run in Delhi. It was learnt that six Uzbek women were putting up at two rented accommodations in Chattarpur Extension and Vasant Vihar, Delhi. All of them were apparently on a tourist visa in the country. An Uzbek lady pimp was running the racket. Working on the above information, a deal was struck through an Indian pimp and decoy customer. On 29.05.2012, all the above mentioned six Uzbek nationals were apprehended near a Farm House in Chattarpur Extn. New Delhi.

All the six accused persons were arrested under the appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Foreigner’s Act.

Investigation and examination

During investigation it was found that the lady pimp was Ms. Gulnaaz (33). She has been operating in Delhi and the NCR region since the past about 3 years. The Chattarpur Extension house has been taken on a monthly rent of Rs. 14,000/-. Some girls live with her in this house while for some others she has arranged accommodation in Vasant Vihar. She has been arranging girls from Uzbekistan to Delhi on a regular basis. She arranges for their transport and accommodation in the city. She arranged for the clients to meet with the girls and also fixed the price per girl according to the perceived paying capacity of the client. She charged between Rs. 20,000/- to Rs. 25,000/- per girl per night. The charges increased to even Rs. 1 Lac for other services including ‘belly dancing’, weekend parties and travel companions to various destinations like Simla, Jaipur and Goa. The customers were entertained only after they provided reference from a ‘trusted’ client.

The lady pimp has been living in Delhi since the year 2009. She has been extending her visa on various grounds including ‘medical reasons’. She has ostensibly got one of her popular girls married an Indian national to enable her get multiple entry visa o marital grounds. Her ‘girls’ come to India on a tourist visa for a period ranging between 3 to 6 months. They go back and then return after some time to join her again in Delhi.

The Uzbek Embassy in Chanakya Puri would be given the intimation with regard the arrest. The Indian ‘pimp’ has been identified. He is absconding.  Efforts are being made to apprehend him.

Further investigation is in progress.

(SANJAY KUMAR JAIN) IPS
DY. COMMISSIONER OF POLICE:
CRIME & RAILWAYS: DELHI.

NEWS ON SHAKTI VAHINI

HINDUSTAN TIMES / NEW DELHI

Delhi Police claim to have come up with a novel idea to help locate missing children. Claiming that they are unable to trace missing children as their family members do not have their photographs, Delhi Police, with the help of an NGO, have started collecting data on children living in slums. Under the scheme, police will collect children’s personal information and also get their photographs clicked, which will be handed over to the families.

According to police officials, in case any of these children go missing, the data and photograph will prove crucial in tracing them. “We have covered 1,500 children under the scheme so far. With the help of an NGO, we went to several clusters, where photographs of all children were taken. The pictures will help us identify the child in case they go missing,” said V Renganathan, additional CP (west). Police officials…

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Meeting of Central Advisory Committee on Combating Trafficking held

Convergence of Initiatives of Centre, States, and NGOs Stressed upon

A meeting of the Central Advisory Committee (CAC) on Combating Trafficking was held here today. Smt. Neela Ganagadharan, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development chaired the meeting.

Drawing attention to the growing problem of trafficking in the country, the Secretary said that the menace can be effectively handled through convergence of efforts of the Centre, States and civil society organizations. She mentioned that the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Bill 2012, which has been passed by the Parliament, will go a long way in combating this problem due to the provisions included in the Bill, which link trafficking with protecting children from sexual offenses. She stated that sufficient legislative and programmatic framework exists to prevent and combat trafficking. Whereas the framework for prevention, protection and penalization is in place, strengthening of systems for their effective implementation is needed to combat this problem, the Secretary noted. Measures of the Ministry of Women and Child Development are supplemented by measures taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Labour Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs, and the States/UTs. She also stated that the efforts of the civil society organizations, many of whom have been working extensively in this area, have helped to combat the problem. She invited suggestions and recommendations from the representatives of the Central and State governments, UNICEF, NGOs and other experts to strengthen the legislative and monitoring measures to combat trafficking. This is the first time when the Women and Child Development departments in the States have been asked to coordinate with the nodal Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) for convergence of initiatives for prevention of trafficking, rescue and rehabilitation.

Elaborating on the initiatives taken up by the WCD Ministry to combat trafficking, the Secretary state that the Ujjwala Scheme was launched in 2008, which is a comprehensive scheme to prevent and combat trafficking, where funds and support is provide to agencies which work in the areas of prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and repatriation of victims of trafficking. Since 2008, 188 Ujjwala projects across 19 states have been sanctioned. She however noted that the States need to be more pro-active to involve the NGOs for ensuring effective implementation of the Scheme. The Secretary stated that the Ministry of WCD is planning to introduce videoconferencing for sanctioning of Ujjwala projects. Participation of the Secretary, Department of WCD in the States will help to ensure participation and increased involvement of State Government in Ujjawala projects.

The Ministry of WCD also made a presentation on the actions taken since the last meeting of the CAC in May 2011. The Ministry is formulating better monitoring mechanism of the Ujjwala scheme. It has asked States to involve district level officers for more effective monitoring. Evaluation study of the scheme has been entrusted to the Programme Evaluation Organisation of the Planning Commission which will review the components of the scheme and make recommendations.

Addressing the meeting, Smt. B. Bhamathi, Additional Secretary, MHA said that several initiatives have been taken by the MHA to combat domestic and cross-border trafficking. Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) have been set up in many States and equipped with infrastructure to assist the States in their efforts. Advisories have been issued to the States from time to time regarding diverse aspects of the trafficking problem. Representative from the Labour Ministry apprised the gathering on the schemes taken up for welfare of working children in areas of high concentration of child labour, schemes for bonded labour and those taken up for generating awareness regarding child labour.

Member Secretary, NCPCR, Sh. Lov Verma was also present during the meeting. Representatives from the department of WCD and police from Assam, Maharashtra, AP, Haryana, New Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal were also present. Members of several NGOs working in the area of combating trafficking shared their experience regarding this, and made several recommendations to strengthen the coordination between the field level government and police functionaries.

The Central Advisory Committee (CAC) on Combating Trafficking was formed in 1994 with the Secretary, Ministry of WCD as the chairperson. It is the outcome of the Supreme Court Judgment in Vishal Jeet vs Union of India wherein the Supreme Court had directed that a Committee be formed at the Central and State levels to look into the issues of trafficking particularly child trafficking. Gradually the mandate of CAC has grown and it has been expanded to include representatives from all agencies concerned, thereby becoming a forum facilitating interaction between stakeholders to understand issues relating to trafficking and to evolve strategies for combating it.

Missing girl returns, was abducted, and gang-raped

TIMES OF INDIA

AHMEDABAD: A 12-year-old girl, who went missing from her residence in Juhapura on April 17, has returned home but with tales of harrowing experiences which include gang rape. She returned on Friday night. Owing to the torture marks and abuses she had been put through, the girl was taken to VS hospital immediately for treatment.

There, she said that she was gang raped after being abducted. After this, A complaint was registered at Vejalpur police station and the girl was admitted to the Sola Civil Hospital for treatment and collection of evidence. Police believe the girl was forced into a prostitution racket by a young woman and her two accomplices. All three have been booked for abduction and rape of the minor.

When the incident took place, the victim used to stay in Fatehwadi with her parents, siblings and her grandmother. The girl’s mother died three years back and her father remarried. Her father runs a two-wheeler repair shop. On April 17 she had gone to Juhapura to meet some relatives. But, she never returned home. Her father had then registered a missing person‘s report at Aslali police station. He had also sought help from some non-governmental organizations.  On Friday night, she made a sudden reappearance at her home. Her body bore multiple injuries which pointed towards abuse and torture. The girl’s legs had burn marks which were inflicted when she refused to comply with the wishes of her abductors.

The girl’s story left the cops and her parents in a state of shocked. On the fateful day while returning home from Juhapura she didn’t have money for autofare. just had Rs 4 with her. She could not board an autorickshaw for this reason. At this juncture, a young woman offered to drop the girl homeon her scooter. Later the victim learnt that the woman’s name is Faiza Laludia, a resident of Vankaner in Saurashtra.

But the woman took the girl to Jamalpur and gave her a spiked drink. where she was given a cold drink which put her in a semi-conscious state. The girl claims that she used to be given the intoxicant regularly and she obeyed all that Faiza told her. Then the minor was taken to Narol where she was raped regularly by two men – Asim and Asif. While Asim and Asif used to visit regularly, there were

Other men too who used to visit and on a daily basis. For this Faiza used to take money from the men, the victim told police. For close to a month the ordeal continued and the girl’s health deteriorated which had scared Faiza who abandoned the girl near her residence before escaping. Vejalpur police sources said, “We have detained Faiza. Preliminary interrogation reveals that she runs a prostitution racket and it is possible that she has abducted minor girls in the past too.”

Missing girl returns, was abducted, and gang-raped