New draft bill on trafficking released

New draft bill on trafficking released

New draft bill on trafficking released

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday released draft of the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2016.

The bill seeks stringent punishments for the crime and better rehabilitation of the victim.

The draft bill proposes three years of imprisonment for administering chemical to the trafficked women or girl child. Similarly, narcotic drug or alcohol to the victim invites seven years of jail.  

Maneka said that the bill takes into account various aspects of trafficking and its punishments as defined as per the Indian Penal Code.

Punishments have been proposed for revealing the identity of the victim.

“No report, or any newspaper, or magazine, or audio- visual media, or any other form of communication regarding any investigation or judicial procedure shall disclose the name, address, or any other particulars which may lead to the identification of a victim, or witness of a crime of trafficking in persons under this act, or any other law for the time being in force, nor shall the picture of any such victim be published, says the draft bill.

The bill proposes six months of jail or fine of Rs 1 lakh or both. It also proposes mandatory registration of placement agencies.