New born sold for Rs. 50000, human traffickers are active in the second capital of Maharashtra

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The incident goes like this, accused approached one Mona Barsagade, 26, a resident of Wadi area through a lady mediator Bharati
new born sold for rs 50000 human traffickers are active in the second capital of maharashtra

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Dhantoli police had apprended a couple named Manish Mundada,36 and his wife Harsha Mundada,32 for allegedly buying out a 12 day old girl child from her poor mother on assurance of paying her Rs. 50000. After registering the complaint in appropriate sections, the police had arrested the couple and produced them in the court. The court had sanctioned 2 days remand for their custodial interrogation to the police. The arrest had raised qualm, that some human trafficking gang is active in the city. A senior police official revealed that we are investigating the matter from all possible angles.

The incident goes like this, accused approached one Mona Barsagade, 26, a resident of Wadi area through a lady mediator Bharati. Mona was blessed with one son, her husband is doing some business. During her second pregnancy, she had gone to a private hospital near law college square for treatment. The couple lured her to give her child to them and offered her to pay an amount of Rs. 50000. After the couple persuaded him, Mona agreed to it. On November 22, she delivered a girl child and handed over the child to the couple, against a payment of Rs.50000. After some time she started realising her mistake. She approached the couple for getting her daughter back.

When the couple refused, she lodged a complaint with the police. Acting on the complaint the cops arrested the couple from their residence at Senapati Nagar, Dighori. The couple claimed that this is a case of surrogacy and that they are running a surrogacy centre. However they could not produce relevant documents to justify their claim. Police also suspect for the involvement of the couple in an inter state human trafficking racket.

 

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4-year-old sexually assaulted by classmate in Delhi: The legal course

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Section 82 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code, 1860) provides an absolute exclusion to a minor below seven to be held under any criminal liability. Legal experts believe the case will be investigated and closed if the boy's involvement is proved.
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On November 17, a minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted in a Delhi school by her classmate — a four-year-old boy. While police have registered a case under the provisions of POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Assault) on the basis of a complaint by the girl’s parents, it is not very clear how legal proceedings will be taken further in the matter.

Section 82 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code, 1860) provides an absolute exclusion to a minor below seven to be held under any criminal liability.

Legal experts believe the case will be investigated and closed if the boy’s involvement is proved.

“An FIR will have to be registered as it is a cognizable offence. Under Section 6 of POCSO, the FIR would be registered because the victim is below 12. The police will investigate the case and then probably file a closure report if the 4-year-old is indeed involved and submit it to the JJB (Juvenile Justice Board),” says Swagata Raha, a Senior Research Assistant at Centre for Child and Law (CLC), NLSIU, Bangalore.

Section 6(m) of POCSO states whoever commits penetrative sexual assault on a child below twelve years shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than ten years but which may extend to imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to fine”.

Former IPS officer PM Nair says he did not receive such cases during his service and strongly believes that a 4-year-old child would not be able to commit such act. “The police would do a thorough background check of the incident, the child and his family and close the case stating reasoning it as a mistake of law,” says Nair.

Stating that in such cases it is the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) that steps in, Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy says, “In such cases the accused child should be dealt with under a plan made with a child psychologist, the teachers who know him best, parents and others under the aegis of a CWC (Child Welfare Committee) which is appointed by the Juvenile Justice Act,” says Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy.” CWC is a statutory body appointed under the JJ Act for children in need of care and protection falling in the purview of the Act.

 

Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approves law seeking death for rape of children aged 12 or below

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Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approves law seeking death for rape of children aged 12 or below

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The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Sunday approved the death sentence for rape convicts who are involved in cases involving minor girls of the age of 12 years and below.

The resolution that awards the death sentence to gang rape convicts has also been passed. The amendment in penal code to increase the fine and punishment for rape convicts was also approved by the state cabinet.

The state’s home minister Bhupendra Singh had earlier stated that this move will be taken to curb the rising crimes against women in Madhya Pradesh.

There have been multiple reports of rape and sexual assault from the state in the past two months.

‘She lured me with a chocolate’: 4 people, including a woman, arrested for 10-year-old’s gang-rape in Bhopal

Earlier this month, four people, including a 67-year-old man and a woman, were arrested for the gang-rape of a 10-year-old girl in the state’s capital.

According to the police, the woman, known as Suman Aunty to the 10-year-old girl, resided in the same locality as the victim. Reportedly, on a number of occasions, Suman had lured the child to her house with the promise of giving her a chocolate. She would then let the three men rape the girl.

SHOCKING: Woman in Bhopal gangraped by five men for seven hours, allegedly turned away by police

A UPSC aspirant returning from her coaching classes was gang-raped in Bhopal, resulting in public outrage over the increasing instances of crimes against women.

Hills couple arrested in Delhi for trafficking

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The arrested couple has been identified as Simran, alias Khushi (name changed), 21, and Subir Das, 32.
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The Delhi police arrested a couple involved in human-trafficking who used to force girls to work as bar dancers in Siliguri. A police team, which went to Siliguri, rescued two girls taken by the couple to Siliguri on false promises from Delhi.

The arrested couple has been identified as Simran, alias Khushi (name changed), 21, and Subir Das, 32.

The police said the incident came to light when a complainant, a resident of Inderpuri on October 18 said that his daughter, Sneha, (name changed), 20, and niece, Sonam (name changed), 21, told him that they have been offered a job by one Simran as “wedding welcome girls” in Jaipur and earn as much as Rs 2,000 per day.”

The complainant discussed the matter with his family and agreed to allow the girls to leave with Ms Simran. On October 23, both of them left, but later the complainant came to know that Ms Simran had taken the duo to Siliguri to work as bar dancers. She also took their Aadhar cards and ID proofs and forbade them from leaving Siliguri, he said. On his statement, a case was filed at Inderpuri police station and on Oct. 29, the polkice probed the matter and sent a team to Siliguri.

No trace of Khunti’s missing children

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A survey by EDISS in Karra village reveals that there are at least 20 cases where a child has been missing for over 10 years

A survey by EDISS in Karra village reveals that there are at least 20 cases where a child has been missing for over 10 years

Geeta Kumari (name changed) has not returned home in the past 10 years. A resident of a village in Karrablock of Khunti district, Geeta was only 12-year-old when she ‘disappeared’. Her parents have not been able to trace her. Shila Kumari (name changed) was trafficked to Delhi by a woman for domestic work when she was 11-year-old.

It’s been over three years now and her parents have no idea where she is. These are just two of over 20 such cases, in which children went missing from various villages of Karra block and have still not been traced.

These villages are situated in interior, forested region and the nearest Karra police station is located 13km away. Social activists of a non-government organisation, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of Social Services (EDISS), conducted a survey in Karra block for around two months in which they came across over 20 such cases of missing children, some of whom have been missing for over 10 years.
Ravi Kumar of EDISS, who was a part of the survey team, said, “The parents of these children are too scared of the traffickers to approach the police.
It took us over a month to convince some of the parents to approach the police station. Parents of eight missing children finally agreed and an FIR was registered in the Khunti Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU).” Khunti AHTU in-charge Meera Singh said, “These are all cases of human trafficking. FIRs have been lodged and we are probing into the matter.” Baidnath Kumar, another activist who was also a part of the survey team, said that names of two traffickers —Shiva and Kunjal Mahato —have come to light during their probe. “Kunjal Mahato is an aide of the trafficking kingpin Pannalal Mahato.
These traffickers are learnt to have been threatening the villagers whenever they try enquiring about their children.” Mother of a trafficked girl who had approached Shiva to ask about her daughter was not just threatened but also beaten up, leading to a fractured arm. Ravi Kumar said he too also threatened by the traffickers. “When I initially started visiting the villages, Shiva and another person, Budhni Munda, threatened me to stop going there. I am planning to file a complaint against them,” Ravi said.

 

Sold, Tortured and Repeatedly Raped, Now Jaya Is a Guardian Angel for Sex Workers

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An incredible initiative to rehabilitate sex workers and their children.

“Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.”
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Prostitution in India is unregulated. And in many scenarios considered illegal. Which is why sex workers do not have an audience for their woes. Regarded as “immoral” by a society with a skewed moral compass, they are most often denied basic human decency.

Trafficking is one of prostitution’s primary sources for new sex workers. Lured by the offer of a job, or even kidnapped, trafficked women have no idea what is in store for them till they find themselves locked up alone with a drunk, lustful “client”.

Jayamma grew up an orphan. After a tough adolescence and teenage, she finally met a man she loved and married. This man, over the course of time, started succumbing to alcoholism and forcibly sold Jayamma to a broker for sex work.

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 finalist, Jayamma quit sexwork to set up an NGO for edu, skills and protection of children of sexworkers

Kidnapped, repeatedly raped, beaten, sold, bought, wrongfully confined and harassed both mentally and physically, Jayamma decided to take up the cause of women in the same situation she was in.

This was difficult, as these women were not willing to be identified or helped, scared of the network of undesirable elements.

With the help of Mr Jaya Singh Thomas, an NGO executive from the “IRDS” in Hyderabad, Jayamma began to slowly go about meeting these women, speaking to them and collecting their stories. Many were sold by their own husbands or forced into prostitution by unscrupulous pimps. Many had been promised a job in the city but abducted soon after.

There was an urgent need to do something for these women.

Jaya and Jayamma realised that everything cannot be done at a stretch. There needs to be a legal identity of the support system. From the period 1998-2001, Jayamma visited rural self-help groups.

Discussing the impact of domestic violence, she was still hesitant to reveal her identity. However, on 1st December 2001 (World Aids Day), Jayamma and around 300 women took out a rally, with a banner that ready. “Chaithanya Mahila Mandali”, an initiative for the betterment of the life of sex workers and their children in Hyderabad.

When the initiative began, the ill-treatment sex workers receive on a regular basis became apparent. Police harassment, negative media portrayal and outright refusal by landlords when looking for a place to live, are some of the issues sex workers in India have to deal with.

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Sex Worker. Picture for representative purposes only. Picture Courtesy: Flickr.

The Chaithanya Mandali went from station to station and assured the sex workers that they are looking to uplift them, and are non-judgemental, willing to help any woman who wishes to opt out of the system.

The children of sex workers who Jayamma had met in 1998 had turned to or were forcibly entered into full-blown prostitution by 2004 or 2005.

Hyderabad has no red light area. The sex workers go out and solicit clients. They also take their children with them. They do this because the children have nowhere to go, and the police will not harass them if they are seen with a child. Once they solicit a client, the child often accompanies his mother and the client, as they go about their business.

Sometimes, small children get abused in front of their mothers. These people were not in a position to come to the police station. There have been many such unfortunate and unreported incidents involving sex workers and their children.

The Chaithanya Mahila Mandali initiated a system by which the children of sex workers would be protected. Through their programmes, they have achieved success. The children are growing up well, many of them work in MNC’s and are settled abroad.

The initiative that started in Hyderabad in 2010 with ten children, today has 56 children living with their mothers. Thanks to the Chaithanya Mahila Mandali, these sex-workers can now try for other jobs. The mandal not only rehabilitates the sex worker and her child, but also carries out follow-ups to check whether the child is safe.

The Chaithanya Mahila Mandali today boasts of a variety of programs, working in urban slums and rural areas, and holding crucial workshops highlighting the evils of trafficking. Through this initiative, more than 5000 women and children are being supported. Jaya maintains that it all boils down to the next generation, the children, who have to be protected from pimps.

The Chaithanya Mahila Mandali also works closely with, the government schools and authorities, to keep an eye on human trafficking.

If the children are sensitized towards the evils of trafficking, the future generations might shun the terrible practice altogether, wasting no time in bringing the perpetrators of the same to justice.

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A Session in Progress Picture Courtesy: Facebook.

The Chaitanya Mahila Mandali has been very successful in helping sex workers become re-enter mainstream society. The initiative takes care of the parentless and children of women forced into sex.

Jayamma, being in unfortunate circumstances herself, is able to empathise with these women who seemingly have no future. Even though she has won multiple awards, she remains focused on her ultimate goal—to successfully rehabilitate sex workers and their children.

Prostitution in India may not see legalisation or regulation anytime soon. If that does happen, then the industry will come out of the grip of the mafia that controls it. But till then, sex workers and their children will always face adversity. Right from the trafficker who kidnaps them, to the pimp who brokers them, to the client who abuses them, physically and mentally, to the society that casts them out, after fulfilling its lust.

It is time that we humanise and sensitise ourselves, and make a conscious effort to rehabilitate and help sex workers and their children.

Hyderabad Police busts online sex racket, arrests three for human trafficking; Uzbek woman rescued

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The Rachakonda Police busted an online sex racket on Sunday and nabbed three persons associated with it on charges of human trafficking.

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A woman, an Uzbek national who was overstaying in India after her visa expired, was rescued during the operation, police added.

Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat said the police, acting on a tip-off, conducted a decoy operation at a hotel and apprehended the alleged racket kingpin Jogeshwar Rao and his associates L Gopal and K Gopi.

“Rao had brought the Uzbek woman, in her mid 20s, to Hyderabad from Delhi about a week ago and pushed her into prostitution. The woman has told us she came to Delhi about nine months ago on a six-month tourist visa. Her visa had expired and she was overstaying in India,” Bhagwat said.

The officer said Rao was engaging models and women of foreign nationalities in flesh trade as part of his online racket.

The three men were booked for human trafficking, the police said.

On 23 November, the Hyderabad Police had arrested a 63-year-old man and a woman on charge of running a brothel at a flat here. The police had then rescued a 27-year-old woman, who also belonged to Uzbekistan.