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Friday, February 21, 2014
Lack of proper legal action encourages sex mafias: NGO Guria
VARANASI: Generally after rescue of girls and women forced into prostitution, the case is made weak by the police. And in rescue operations, the major factor that is ignored by most of the NGOs and police is the legal follow-up action because of which the conviction of accused remains negligible. The sex mafias get encouraged because of less possibilities of stringent punishment. The accused get stays orders, bails and explore other ways and means to delay the proceedings in the courts.
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"Taking advantage of the Supreme Court judgment on our special leave petition for bail rejection, we have already got 224 bail pleas of accused rejected," said a member of Guria, an NGO working in this field since 1994. The focus on opposing bail is an strategy to nail the human traffickers and brothel keepers.
UP is a source, transit and destination for women and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. Bangladeshi and Nepali women and children are trafficked to UP or transit through UP en route to West Asian countries. Inter-state and intra-state trafficking in UP is also alarming.
"Hence, we embark upon rescue of enslaved/trafficked girls. As a strategy, we compulsorily involve civil society in most of our rescue operations. In total, 98 trafficked girls have been rescued, followed by filing criminal case against the traffickers. Most of the girls belonged to Nepal, Bangladesh and Indian states of Orissa, Chattisgarh, Bihar and West Bengal," he said. So far, about 200 girls and women forced into prostitution were rescued in different parts of the state. Guria is fighting legal battle against 800 persons allegedly involved in human trafficking.
The survivors of sex trafficking and child prostitution in the region of eastern UP will come on a public platform to narrate the ordeal they faced. In order to create mass awareness against the evil of girl trafficking and child prostitution, a two-day gathering of the survivors is going to be held at Rajnarayan Park, Beniabagh on February 22 and 23. The survivors and their family members from Varanasi, Mau, Azamgarh, Ghazipur and Jaunpur would take part in the event. They would publicly narrate the ordeal they faced and make an appeal to people to come forward to end this social evil. The survivors would also present street play, song and dance based on this issue. TOI