Human Trafficking curse to humanity: Justice Jasbir Singh

Sunday, July 29, 2012 – 16:45
CHANDIGARH: The State Legal Services Authorities of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh, in collaboration with Governments of Punjab and Haryana, have organized a ‘Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking’ at Chandigarh Judicial Academy, here today.
There was unison amongst all delegates for bringing about a close co-ordination amongst police and civil administration, civil society and NGOs working in this area to emphatically curb the menace of human trafficking, which has caused a shameful stint on Indian society. It was also arrived at that judiciary has a decisive role to play in checking this inhuman practice through its pro-active role by taking the matter more seriously and to response swiftly.
Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court Mr. Jasbir Singh formally inaugurated the conference by lighting a lamp. Delivering a keynote address, he stressed on the need of reconstructing moral values and ethics. He appealed civil societies to get involved in addressing the challenges of human trafficking along with government machineries. Mr. Justice also exhorted religious bodies to recognize their role in preserving the moral values. He dared all the police and civil administrative officers to take it as challenging task to eradicate human trafficking, which has been making inroads into our socio-economic frame work.
Mr. Justice Satish Kumar Mittal, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court cum Executive Chairman, Haryana State Legal Services Authority believed that human trafficking is more a economical problem than a political. He pointed out the reason behind the human trafficking, which mainly ended up in flesh trade, human organ smuggling, bonded and child labour. Justice Mittal said that around 2 lacs people were being trafficked per year, among them 60 per cent were the girls. Ms. Justice Roshan Dalvi, Judge, Mumbai High Court, in her address stressed on the need of several short term and long term measures to educate all the sections of the society. She also pointed out that poverty alleviation measures would also help in combating human trafficking in the long run.
In this Judicial Colloquium, District, Police, Legal and Civil administrative officers of Punjab and Haryana were also participating through video conferencing.

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