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India becoming hub of child sex abuse: SC
Published on 30 Jan. 2010 1:10 AM IST
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Fearing that India might emerge as the “hub of child sex abuse”, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the government to deal sternly with criminals and recommended a separate police wing to deal with child trafficking. “India is now becoming a hub of child sex abuse,” observed a bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and AK Patnaik. The court was hearing a 2006 lawsuit by civil society group Bachpan Bachao Andolan that sought implementation of the various provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, and other legislations for the welfare of children and sex workers. “The most serious problem is the use of children for sex trade. While this crime is growing, hardly any case is registered. If a case is registered, it will have a deterrent effect,” the bench observed, while asking Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to seek the government’s clear stand and roadmap for fighting the malady. “Apart from the criminals being prosecuted, it will have a deterrent effect, which will make a lot of difference,” the bench observed. Asking the government to deal sternly with those using children in sex trade, the bench advised it to have a separate police wing to probe the matter. NCPCR to take up child trafficking issue The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is rushing a team to Chennai to take up the issue of trafficked children from northeast. The decision to dispatch a team to Tamil Nadu came following pressure from NGOs to institute a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry on the large-scale trafficking from Assam and Northeastern States. Chairperson of the NCPCR, Shanta Sinha told newsmen that a team has been assigned to visit Tamil Nadu to take up the issue with the State Government. The Commission is also going to convene a meeting of the Northeastern States and the destination States to work out a coordination plan for State to State mechanism. “We are concerned about the Northeastern States,” said the chairperson. In a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the two NGOs called for a CBI probe into the whole issue of trafficking. Trafficking from the Northeast India and Eastern Himalaya region is continuously on the rise and needs a detailed investigation. There are all the possibilities that organized gangs have started operating in the area to traffic women and children. Since these crimes are spread over different States it would be beneficial that this investigation is done by federal agency like the CBI, the NGOs said.

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