Shakti Vahini in collaboration with South Dinajpur District Police has organized a District level Police Training programme on Anti Human Trafficking and Missing Children Alert on July 2, 2014.
The programme was inaugurated by the Superintendent of Police Mr. Sheesh Ram Jhajhariea. During his inaugural speech the SP expressed his concern about the cross border trafficking issues. He said that a major portion of the district is bordering with the neighboring country Bangladesh. The police in the district have been coming across trafficking cases from Bangladesh. He told that all police officers especially the Anti Human Trafficking Unit of the district should be well equipped with the guidelines on how to handle these cases. According to him the North Bengal area is also prone to the trafficking for domestic maids in the cities like Delhi, Bombay. A stressed on strengthening the NGO police partnership in combating the human trafficking cases in a organized manner.
Inspector (Ms.) Sarvari Bhattachajee from the AHTU Nodal office West Bengal, CID Bhawani Bhawan took a long session on Investigation of Human Trafficking cases. Citing some recent cases handled by her as per the direction of the Kolkata High Court she did a detail demonstration on how to investigate the cases of human trafficking. She discussed various pros nd cons of the investigation like not to assume anything about the case, seizing of documents on the spot during raids, victim and trafficker should be immediately separated once rescued, linking source and destination, collect evidences as more as possible. She also said that a trafficking victim from foreign should not be treated under section 14 of foreigners act rather should be treated as a victim under 363 and 370 acts.
The Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, Dakshin Dinajpur in spite of sharing the role of Child Welfare Committee and Police partnership also shared many challenges. He said that the district immediately should start at least one children home for girls and boys each. According to him the district is also prone to the trafficking of children for the construction work in the big cities.
Throwing light on the definition of trafficking, Mr. Nishi Kant from Shakti Vahini said that it is an organised crime. He suggested the police officer to correlate the cases of trafficking with the definition given under section 370 of IPC. He also discussed why young children and girls are being trafficked. He said that trafficked victims are sold off into prostitution, forced marriages, sexual abuses, Domestic Servitude, forced labour, bonded labour, pornography, organ trade etc. He also emphasised on various Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, Advisories of the Govt. of India for the women and children especially the recent order of the Supreme Court regarding the mandatory registration of FIR on missing children cases.
The Coordinator of the CHILDLINE, a Ministry of Women and Child Development programme of Govt. of India also took a session on the Role of CHILDLINE (1098) in child protection.