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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