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A gender based analysis is required

April 08, 2015 EMPOWER PEOPLE 0 Comments

In contemporary times, trafficking of women for commercial sexual exploitation has emerged as one of the crucial issues of global concern. The Indian subcontinent, which is intrinsically connected to the dreadful world of trafficking, is witnessing an indigenous process of trafficking network in the country where women viewed as ‘prospective brides’ are trafficked within and across its borders in the name of ‘marriage’ which actually ends up in sexual slavery and bonded labor for them, not just a single time but as many times as they are re-trafficked as brides. Trafficking today is dealt by different mechanism by the law enforcing body, but in spite of heightened effort, trafficking shows no sign of abating….The question here arises is why???

The answer of the question lies in the question itself. In the cases of bride trafficking a different subtle  modus operandi is adopted which is quite suitable according to the social norm of the society where it is taking place (destination states like Haryana , Punjab and some of the places in western UP).
If we are to fight bride trafficking we need a comprehensive and coordinated approach, globally and locally.  We need a response that creates partnerships to support criminal justice, victim assistance and protection, human rights, migration policy and labour market regulation".
Before preventing it when the crime took place, the correction of root problems lies in the society where we need to apply gender based approach to the issue of human trafficking done under the guise of marriage. A gender based analysis is required to understand the interplay of different forces from social, economic, political, at micro and macro level which make women more vulnerable to being trafficked than men. The other factors such as unequal economic development, mass unemployment, poverty, inequality, discrimination, gender based violence, patriarchal structure of the society are the primary root causes of bride trafficking where the solution lies.
To break all these chain of factors, we need to raise our voice to spread a social awareness amongst the people who need support of all socially responsible people. This patriarchal control over women’s education, employment and various choices need to be challenged. These social norm where crime is not taken as crime is inevitably serious to think upon. Imagine, where female feticide, infanticide, bride trafficking is taken as norm what  must be the thought process of people suffering with. These are intrinsically related factor which is making a fertile ground for sexual  and labour exploitation  of women under the guise of marriage. The veil of marriage where these people are protecting themselves need to be checked. The Victorian principle of free sex(without consent) in the realm of marriage where women has no say must be challenged. We need to criminalize the purchase of women as a commodity who are procured by different names. Concrete criminal justice mechanism is required which includes active participation of all the stakeholders from common man to panchayat, gram sabhas, police, ngos. Self help groups, socially active people, lawyers, judges etc. These problem can never be solved till the time we join our hand and rise against all illogical irrational and incorrect acts going  on around us. The social biasness, the gender discrimination must be challenged, if not that could lead to a social catastrophe with  very ugly consequences. So there is urgent need of participation to raise and stand together against this organized social menace called bride trafficking.          

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April 08, 2015 EMPOWER PEOPLE 0 Comments

What is the purpose of celebrating the victory of independence, when our sisters are  just seen as an item to study the concept of supply and demand. Why are we taught that life is not a monetary product, when on the other hand a daughter is born with a price tag over her. Where is the morality of wise men of India. Where is the philanthropy of saints? 

Bride trafficking presents hypocrisy in front of the era, because you link an alluring institution of our society that is marriage to the barbarous trade. This monstrous business of dumping women into hell occurs between those who auction them, to the ultimate buyers and the story is yet not over, they are also being used as a pleasure giving object by several inter-mediators. Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab are among those who are contributing for the disappointing state of present.  What is the need of giving a woman a title of ‘jagat janani’ when you do not even bother to mean it, if you would have then you would not have called her by the derogatory and absurd names like ‘paro’ and ‘molki’.

We come on roads, we scream, we abuse and turn down the system if any one of our rights gets violated. Then why are we or prefer to keep our lips shut when it comes for raising our voice for someone whose every fundamental rights are denied from her? Where is the potential youth and administration of the highest democratic, plural cultured and sovereign country? A trafficked bride is compelled to work in farms as bonded labors, used by her husband’s relatives to satisfy their wild expectations and the most frustrating part is that they are hardly given the identity of being called as an Indian because their names are nowhere enrolled in the ration cards and voter ID cards. And we still talk of individual’s liberty in the preamble? Why? Why our Indian constitution is running out of laws for securing their rights to enjoy their existence as a self-rule individual who has no price tag, who is not a machine to produce children, who is equally important in making decisions for her entire family if not for the family then at least for her own self.

Time has come to slap those who see us as a mutilated sex. It is not just the fight of those who have survived in this trade but the duty of all of us to stand together and face the problem with a solution.   

@+Deepmala Tiwari is studying in Tata institute of Social Sciences. she tweets at  @DeepmalaTiwari
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