SC asks Centre to prepare plans to fight trafficking

SC asks Centre to prepare plans to fight trafficking

The Supreme Court on tuesday asked the Centre to come out with an action plan to prevent trafficking of girls for sexual exploitation, their rescue and rehabilitation after holding discussions with all states.

A three-judge bench presided over by Justice A R Dave asked the Union government to consider a report prepared by National Legal Service Authority (NALSA) after deliberations by Central Advisory Committee on September 3 with all state officers. The court asked the Centre to file an affidavit three weeks after the meeting.

In its report, the NALSA suggested different roles of stakeholders in the prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking for commercial and sexual exploitation. The report has sought a direction to the Centre that an organised crime investigation agency be set up to investigate the cases of human trafficking and organised crime.

“The court may direct the setting up of a committee by the central government to work out the modalities of setting up such a specialised agency,” it said.

“This court may direct that till such time an organised crime investigation agency is set up, the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), which works under the ministry of Home Affairs, may be declared as a ‘thana’ for facilitating registration and investigation of cases,” it said.

Terming the women and children as “vulnerable to sexual exploitation”, the NALSA has recommended among other things a direction by the Supreme Court to the legislature to define term “sexual exploitation”.

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