Wednesday, June 17, 2015

State help desk in Delhi soon for trafficking victims



RANCHI: The state will set up an integrated centre at Jharkhand Bhavan in Delhi for the first time that will function as a help desk for trafficked victims rescued in the Capital.

Mridula Sinha, principal secretary in the social welfare woman and child development department, said, "We will form a team that will be sent to Jharkhand Bhavan. The plan is to make the office of the resident commissioner at Jharkhand Bhavan the controlling authority when it comes to taking custody of rescued children."

Sinha said once the centre becomes fully functional, rescued women and children would be kept in Jharkhand Bhavan till the team found their families. "The team will also coordinate with NGOs, the Delhi government, child welfare committees, police and all the stakeholders when it comes to rescue and rehabilitation of victims from Jharkhand," she added.

The centre will also maintain a data of all the girls of Jharkhand going to Delhi or being rescued.

The department has already sent child development project officer Kala Nath to Delhi as nodal officer earlier this week. "There is a plan to launch a helpline number as well so that people in need can contact us for immediate action."

This apart, the social welfare department is also planning a centre in Ranchi where rescued girls can be brought, counselled and given a place to stay till their families are located.

"Right now we do not have a strong sector for handling trafficking cases and things are done randomly but now we are proposing a strong and robust sector to deal specifically with such cases. Once a proper stable system is formed, we will have a better idea of what is going on, how to deal with the problem and how to track down the missing children from Jharkhand," Sinha said.

Explaining how the integrated centre would bring a change, Rishi Kant, a Delhi-based social activist working against human trafficking, said, "Earlier, it used to take months or even years to send the rescued children home but now this centre will help in facilitating immediate repatriation of the children."

"Jharkhand is the first state to depute a government official to Delhi to deal with such cases and it is a welcome step by the Raghubar Das government and it shows that the state has now become serious about the problem of trafficking," he added. 


Source: Times Of India


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