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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Goa Human Rights Commission issues guidelines on tracing missing persons:

Panaji:Taking the issue of women and child trafficking seriously, the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) has recently issued guidelines on tracing missing persons and asked the state government to set up anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU) exclusively to deal with human trafficking cases.

The AHTU, recommended to set up under the police department, is aimed at building capacities of law enforcement officers on tackling human trafficking. The advisory issued by the commission specifically calls on state government to setup AHTU in ensuring swift search and tracking in all cases of children reported missing, as an essential measure for the rescue of such children.
 Commission has directed the state government to implement the guidelines and asked to file their action taken report on October 26.

The three-member bench headed by Justice (retd) P K Mishra issued the guidelines to the chief secretary and Director General of Police while hearing the matter on a suo motu cognisance taken by the commission as well as on a complaint filed by Delhi-based NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan highlighting the lack of efforts on part of police and government authorities to curb child trafficking in the state, who are bought from across the nation and forced into sex trade.

Giving an advisory on preventing and combating human trafficking, the three-member commission, in its guidelines, has stated that “upon receiving any complaint of  offence against women or child then the police shall register FIR and investigate the matter in right perspective and in the case of missing report is filed in respect of women or child, then local police should conduct preliminary investigation by conducting inquiry into the whereabouts from the ‘extended family of relatives, neighbours’.”

“And if they could not be traced within four weeks then they have to register the FIR and conduct investigation and even after that the local police cannot trace a missing child in four months of registering of FIR then the matter may be forwarded to the anti human trafficking unit for intensive investigation,” it says.

This unit will be responsible for collecting, collating and analysing data on kidnapping and abduction of people in the state. The unit will also investigate cases of use of children and women for the purpose of exploitation, such as beggary and prostitution, a GHRC official said.

The human rights body further recommended the state government to designate police officer of not below the rank of DIG as nodal officer to exercise powers of investigation on handling cases of missing children.