PDOs told to ensure education to fight trafficking

Two-day workshop on women, child trafficking begins

Chairman of District Child Welfare Committee, Mysore, Venkatesh on Wednesday said panchayat development officers (PDOs) have a key role to play in checking the rising incidences of women and child trafficking.

Presiding over a workshop for PDOs on prohibition of child marriage and eradication of women and child trafficking, organised by women and child welfare department, MYCAB and JSS Law College in the city, Venkatesh said PDOs should ensure education of children in the rural schools making them aware of good and bad.

It is nothing but addressing the issue at the root level, as most of the victims of such traffickings are from the villages. It’s time the officers take charge of fighting the issue.
Explaining about the racket that has transcended boundaries, Venkatesh said affluent section are involved in the same.

The irony here, according to Venkatesh is the parents who turn their back on the victims on their return. It is another issue to be dealt.

Venkatesh called upon the PDOs to convert the panchayats into women and child-friendly taking steps to curb the social malady.

Earlier to Venkatesh, advocate Sumana also the treasurer of  Shakthidhama, centre for rehabilitation and development of women, said that the cancerous issue (trafficking) could be addressed with development of humanity among people. Both men and women should be ensured equality, giving impetus to positiveness, rather than portraying negatives.

Sumana said; of late missing person cases cannot be considered as missing, as they could be the victims of human trafficking. It all began with the globalisation ensuring a sophisticated society.

Tracing the earlier years, she said there was a time when transportation was restricted for goods and animals, now humans have joined it.

Misogynist not accepted

Taking exception to the misogynist statements aftermath of Delhi gang rape, with men blaming women to dress in acceptable way, Sumana said instead of initiating measures to bring changes in the mindset of people, women are blamed again for arousing the feelings of men. If women cannot feel free to roam outside after dark, it’s the duty of authorities concerned to ensure protection of women, lest blaming her again

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