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26 trafficked girls from Jharkhand rescued from Delhi

December 20, 2011 EP Admin 0 Comments

RANCHI: The state welfare department with the help of Association Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ATSEC) rescued 26 minor girls from different localities of New Delhi. The rescued girls were brought to the city on Monday by ATSEC volunteers.

With this, the total number of rescued girls from New Delhi and neighbouring places in the last eight months has reached 94. Admitting that trafficking of girls from Jharkhand has become a major concern for the state government social welfare minister, Bimla Pradhan, said to put an end to this as they have now started providing vocational training to the rescued girls. The department has rescued 94 children, including 13 boys, who were trafficked to New Delhi, and most of them have been handed over to their parents.

In case, the department is not able to trace their parents then the girls are kept in shelter homes which are supported by the department. There they are provided free education and vocational training. "We are slowly moving in positive direction and expect that in the years to come, no girl will be required to move out of Jharkhand in search of job. Every rescued girl will get a job after they are trained," said Pradhan.

Sources in the social welfare department contradicted the claims of the minister to check trafficking with a few years. "Most of the NGOs, including ATSEC and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, which is working to rescue the girls from Delhi are not getting financial support from the state government. We cannot expect these NGOs to work with sincerity without financial support from the government and if non-payment continues they are not going to work sincerely and problem of trafficking will not end," said a source.
The minister, however, tried to play down the matter. "We had stopped giving money to NGOs to verify their credential and claims. If the funds of ATSEC and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh have been stopped then I will check it and ensure that they get it at the earliest," said the minister. Source

Assam2Delhi March Against Bride Trafficking : Brief report

December 17, 2011 EP Admin 0 Comments

Finally, the community comes together to stand up against the Bride trafficking. Today there are about 500 community groups having more than 5,000 such community members. The high way of in- country trafficking especially for bride trafficking starts from Assam and West Bengal and goes down to the capital of the country.  The mobilisation of the community is very encouraging outcome of the 16 day march started on 1st March 2012. The March had covered 4,400 odd km travelling through 21 districts of the two states.

Some facts, case studies and videos related to Bride trafficking were shared shared in the street meetings during the march.  When these facts were shared in the street meetings during the march and when they were motivated to take charge of protection of their daughters, people found the right forum to come together. At times mothers of victim or two broke down in public as their daughters are still missing. They are sold by the known persons as brides  far away from home.
Religious leader also came forward. They actively participated in the motor bike rally. Imams discussed the plight of victims in their meeting in the mosques. The social issues being discussed by religious leaders will go a long way in combating bride trafficking. Some 50 meetings and two Anti-trafficking conventions with Muslim religious leaders were held. These meeting ended with the promise that the discussion over the issue on Friday khutba will be continued with inputs from EMPOWER PEOPLE on situation it will be taken up once a month.

Similarly, Arya Smaj also has shown keen interest in taking up activities related to this social movement against bride trafficking. They have planned to start a campaign in their area with help of EMPOWER PEOPLE.

Wall writing in Bangla language during March
The support of the Community Based Organisation (CBOs) and NGOs was exceptionally good. They provided all the support for logistics to conduct the meetings and also brought in the local reality which has lead to increased number of cases of trafficking for marriage. The common men, young and old were equally involved in the march. Children and women also have extended their support seeing it as their own cause.

Plan of March :Assam to Delhi” and concept of “people’s network against trafficking” which is named as “civic anti trafficking unit” was actually result of the feedback from the concerned groups and targeted communities.  

The Social movement against trafficking has began.

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