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Containing human trafficking
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Jan. 2011 12:48 AM IST
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All India Christian Council (AICC) along with North East Support Centre & Helpline conducted a one-day seminar on human trafficking and North East Migration and challenges in mega cities at Rengma Baptist Church on Friday. The seminar emphasized on the role of churches, civil societies and government in tackling human trafficking, racial and gender based violence faced by NE people in metros.
Human rights activist and AICC general secretary Rev Madhu Chandra, during interaction with media pointed out that the focus has changed from racial discrimination to sexual discrimination and has ultimately ended with human trafficking. Chandra said that the organization was acting only as whistle blower and that it was the duty of the government to formulate policies and implement them.
Admitting that lack of accurate data was hampering the fight against human trafficking, Chandra urged the government to take up steps in bringing out a reliable data. He also lamented that political representatives from the region were not doing enough when such kind of discrimination took place. “They maintain an eerie silence” he said and urged them to be a part in fighting against the discrimination.
Chandra in his discourse ‘Northeast migration and challenges in mega cities’ pointed out that NE women were most targeted. Pointing out the various factors for migration of people from the region, Chandra said that it was the socio-political unrest, lack of educational institutions and unemployment which started it off.
Earlier, during the seminar, PR secretary AICC Dr Sam Paul in his address highlighted the constitutional rights assigned to every Indian citizen. He remarked that many rights were being eroded from the NE region for various reasons. He called for better co-ordination among the churches, civil societies and NGOs in order to create a network of information. Naga Women Hoho general secretary, Liangsi Newmai John in her presentation highlighted the role of civil societies in fight against human trafficking and other forms of discrimination.
Anti-human trafficking body formed
A seminar held on human trafficking and north east migration and challenges in mega cities Friday at Dimapur resolved to form a network to address issues of human trafficking. The network would include churches, civil societies and NGOs, and it would play important role in addressing the issue. The seminar was jointly organised by All India Christian Council and North East Support Centre & Helpline and hosted by Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship at Rengma Baptist Church, Dimapur. Over 150 church leaders and civil societies joined seminar. NE support centre & helpline spokesperson Madhu Chandra said Northeast women including girls were the most targeted victims in metros.

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