Delhi Government to Form Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

  1. Delhi Government’s anti-trafficking committee made functional after 5 years.
  2. Rehabilitation Policy for Trafficking Victims to be framed.
  3. Effective steps to be taken to stop second generation prostitution.

19216.otherhorror1The anti-trafficking committee of Delhi met at the Delhi Secretariat under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary of Government of Delhi, Sh. K.K. Sharma. The Committee was formed after Supreme Court orders in 2012. This was the first meeting of the committee after its formation. Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Ms. Swati Maliwal Jaihind attended the meeting as Special Invitee. The meeting was called on the written request of the DCW chief to the Chief Secretary of Delhi.

After the meeting, the DCW Chief said that a special task force will be made which will draft a rehabilitation policy for trafficking victims. There is no such existing policy for the victims at the moment. Under this policy trafficking victims would get skill development training and job placements also. The DCW also suggested involvement of bodies like FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chamber of Commerce so that they can also help in the rehabilitation of the victims. The Chief Secretary accepted the suggestion and ordered the same to be included.

The DCW Chief informed the Chief Secretary that the Delhi Police solely depends on the NGOs and police of other states for the rescue operations in GB Road and other places, which shows that they don’t have their own information system.

The Chief Secretary asked the Delhi Police to make a strong information network so that girls can be rescued easily from places like GB Road. The Chief Secretary also asked Delhi Police officers and Director of Prosecution to give details of the number of FIRs lodged and charge-sheets filed in last five years in the cases of trafficking; he also asked for a list of number of conviction in such cases.

Ms. Maliwal also told in the meeting that in various cases of brothels being sealed the owners of the brothel get stay from the courts in absence of a rehabilitation policy for the victims. The Government of Delhi is now going to make a rehabilitation policy. It was also decided in the meeting to deploy lady sensitive police in GB Road.

The Chief Secretary also asked the police officers to tell the owners of the brothels that if any minor girl is found there brothels would be sealed.

The decision to reconstitute the committee was also taken in the meeting and members from NGOs and police would also be included. To stop second generation prostitution, plans for residential schools for the kids of prostitutes and shifting them to the schools was also discussed.

On the suggestion of the Director of WCD, formation of a panel of translators and interpreters for the trafficked girls was also discussed. A decision was also taken to make a data base of the traffickers in the country. A decision was also taken to sign an MoU with other states for easy restoration of girls from other states.

Facility of video-conferencing for the trafficking victims was also discussed in the meeting so that they could record their statement from their home states. The Chief Secretary asked the officers on the idea.

Mr Ravi Kant ,President Shakti Vahini welcomed the steps taken by the Delhi Government to Combat this Crime against Humanity. He said that the Task Force would create convergence among all stakeholders.

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