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WCD Minister, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi released Draft ‘Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016

Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi released Draft ‘Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016’

Venue: New Delhi

Delegates: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and HTSecretary, V. Somasundaran

Objective: To create a strong legal, economic and social environment against trafficking of persons and related matters.

Points delivered by Minister:         

  • Bill is Victim oriented and explained the difference between the Trafficker and Trafficked
  • Stops the loopholes in laws and brings additional crimes to trafficking
  • Creation of a fund for rehabilitation of victims of trafficking
  • To deal the issues with experts and also include members from Civil Society Organizations

Highlights of the Initiatives:

  • Khoya-Paya web portal
  • Pasting of posters in railway coaches
  • Expansion of Children helpline – 1098

Punishments to defaulters:

Explained in section 370- 373 of Indian Penal Code, 1860

Aims: To include other offences/ provisions which are not dealt with in any other law for the purpose of trafficking

  • Penal provisions for the disclosure of identity of the victim of trafficking and witness
  • Use of narcotic drug or psychotropic substance or alcohol for the purpose of trafficking
  • Use of chemical substance or hormones for the purpose of misuse

Highlights:

  • Institutional mechanisms at District, State and Central level
  • Designated Agency for the investigation of offences
  • Protection Homes and Special Homes for short term and long term rehabilitation support
  • View to increase prosecution and to reduce the trauma faced by the victims, establishing Special Courts in each district and experienced Special Prosecutors
  • Recovery of wages and monetary losses of the victim of trafficking

Necessary to report within 24 hours by a Police Officer, Public servant, any officer or employee of Protection Home or Special Home having custody of the victim of trafficking to the District Anti-Trafficking Committee or in case of child victim to the Child Welfare Committee