'Report on victims of trafficking on July 24'

'Report on victims of trafficking on July 24'

The state government on Friday informed the High Court of Karnataka that the latest status report on the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of human-trafficking will be filed in the next hearing.

The government counsel said that the state has taken various steps to curb human trafficking.   The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Karnataka State Legal Services Authority questioning the lack of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the police and other departments in handling missing persons and human-trafficking cases.

The petitioner contended that despite legislation and guidelines in place, they were not being implemented effectively. The petition says that Karnataka stands fourth in number of missing and trafficking cases registered in the country.

As per the Karnataka police data on missing persons, a total  of 11,969 cases were reported from November 2013 to November 2014. As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) compendium, Karnataka ranks fourth with 412 cases of missing persons last year.

The petitioner has sought directions to strictly implement the special procedures under the special laws relating to trafficking. A division bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar granted time and adjourned the next hearing to July 24.

Judge recuses

Justice Rathnakala has recused herself from hearing a petition filed by Housing Minister M Krishnappa and his wife Priyadarshini seeking quashing of the lower court proceedings against them in a denotification matter. The judge directed posting the matter before another bench.
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