Assam2Delhi March Against Bride Trafficking : Brief report

4:38 AM Shafiq R Khan 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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