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6 girls rescued in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 30
Published on 31 Mar. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Exactly, a week after police rescued 10 boys and girls from trafficking, Sekmai police intercepted six more girls of below 18 years leaving Manipur for Chennai.
Officials of the state social welfare department who received the six girls from the police Tuesday handed over them to their respective families after counseling the girls and their parents and guardians. Sekmai police said the six girls were aged between 15 to 18 years and all from Ukhrul district of Manipur. They were intercepted during routine checking of inter-state buses leaving Imphal for other states on the NH-39 Monday.
With instructions from the government after large numbers of children were rescued from unregistered homes in Tamil Nadu, Sekmai police have been keeping a strict vigil on the trafficking of children outside the state. The six girls were detained as they could not produce any documents regarding their visit even as they claimed to be going to Chennai for study. Police said there was no guide with them.
Officials of the state social welfare said that the girls were handed over to their respective parents who were called up by the department at Imphal Tuesday. Before the girls were handed over to their parents, the families were made aware of the consequences likely to be faced by the girls on reaching Chennai.
Families of the girls reportedly told the officials that they were sending their children as those persons who would guide them upto Chennai, Tamil Nadu promised of bright future with good education and jobs.
It may be recalled that at least 10 children (seven boys and three girls), all from Churachandpur district, who were being taken to Chennai, were rescued on March 24 by the same Sekmai police station at its check post on the NH-39.
As many as 74 children from Manipur had been rescued during the month of February from different homes. As revealed by the victims, instead of receiving education as promised by the people who took them to Chennai, they were ill-treated and did forced labour during their stay there. Concerned over the high rate of trafficking of children from Manipur during the last two years, Manipur government was working on proposals for constitution of an Anti-Human Trafficking Cell.

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