'Curbing human trafficking, a huge challenge'

'Curbing human trafficking, a huge challenge'

State Women’s Commission chairperson C Manjula suspected that human trafficking which involves in selling young women and children is working under the guise of medical tourism.

Speaking at a women’s workshop organised by Karnataka Sangha in association with department of youth services and sports and Karavali writers and readers association in Mandya on Saturday, she said various body parts of the sold people are allegedly being used for transplantation for richer patients. She alleged of medical tourism which is being misused by vested interests to see quick money.

About 200 to 300 persons go missing in each district every year in the State. Out of this, 80 per cent who are missing are traced and controlling such cases have turned out to be big challenge, she opined.

According to reports about 38 per cent leave home for family problems and 36 per cent for love related issues, she added.

Dr Vasundhara Bhoopathy of Karnataka Writers Association president, expressed anxiousness over 50 lakh female foeticide in the country every year.

Though female foeticide Act is in force from 1994, only two have been penalised so far.

She alleged that the female foeticide will continue till there are medical practitioners who assist such atrocities. She blamed the existing social system for the increasing female foeticide cases in the State. Along with education and financial independence women should develop scientific and social mindset, she suggested.

There are plans to hold a state-level women convention in Bangalore, she said. Principal Dr Sabiha Boomigowda, Karnataka Sangha Women’s unit convener Nagarevakka, Dr P Umadevi, Sharada Ramesh Raju and others participated.

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