Capacity building programmes for Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) and other stakeholders dealing with prevention of human trafficking and rehabilitation of human trafficking victims were held in Wokha and Noklak districts where various discussions surrounding rehabilitation of victims, tackling human trafficking and the crucial roles of government agencies and organisations were held.
Coordinated effort required to tackle human trafficking: DC Wokha
Wokha district administration & Sakhi One Stop Centre (OSC) supported by National Commission for Women organised a training and capacity-building programme for anti-human trafficking unit and other stakeholders dealing with prevention of human trafficking and rehabilitation of victims under Wokha district on Tuesday, in the conference hall of the deputy commissioner (DC).
According to a DIPR report, DC Wokha, Ajit Kumar Ranjan in his keynote address said no single organisation could handle issues such as human trafficking single-handedly.
In this regard, he urged upon the stakeholders, NGOs and government agencies to extend support in tackling such illegal crimes.
Stating these issues revolved around various departments in the government along with civil societies, DC said there should be good coordination between various agencies for detection of human trafficking right from the village level organisation to the churches, police and other concerned government agencies.
He pointed out that the agencies and organisations should work out a system to ensure that works were done in a coordinated manner when it came to detection, rescue and rehabilitation of victims.
DC also said rescued victims and families should be extended support from all sections of the society and that the public should be provided with information on protection available to safeguard victims.
At the programme, Wokha Bar Association president, Adv. Oren Humtsoe highlighted the concepts, different patterns and dimensions of human trafficking while SI Wokha police station, Nzanbemo Kikon and nodal officer, OSC & project assistant WDLSA, Adv. Shanchobeni P Lotha dwelt on cases reported/modus operandi of human trafficking in the district.
They also underscored the role of anti-human trafficking units, existing response system and legal mechanism to address human trafficking.
Meanwhile, in the second session, DCPO (Social Welfare) Moasenla, case worker OSC Thungbeni Kikon, psychiatrist DMHP and Lotha Eloe Hoho president, Thungbeni Ngullie spoke on rescue and rehabilitation services for trafficked women & children (schemes under MWCD), psycho-social impact of trafficking and support system required, role of civil societies in preventing human trafficking and challenges & way forward to address human trafficking.
The training programme was chaired by central administrator OSC, Renthunglo Kikon.
Legal mechanisms, case studies highlighted in Noklak
State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW), Noklak police and District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Tuensang supported by National Commission for Women and Nagaland State Commission for Women organised a painting competition for students and capacity building programme for AHTU and other stakeholders on July 4 in the office of the SP Noklak.
In a press release, SP Noklak, Dr. Pritpal Kaur informed that during the programme, SDO (Civil) Noklak, Phuniang in his keynote address said prevention of child trafficking should be a combined effort and that it was the responsibility of everyone to prevent children from trafficking.
SDPO Noklak, Sangthing explained about roles and responsibilities of AHTU in DEF Noklak and highlighted case studies and modus operandi such as misuse of social media by money and muscle power etc.
Sangthing stated that CUG numbers of Noklak police could be contacted anytime for any help.
He also placed poster boards with CUG numbers and QR scan for “Call your cop” app at conspicuous places in the district.
Meanwhile, SP Noklak explained about Immoral Trafficking (prevention) Act 1956 and Juvenile justice Act 2015. Kaur urged to implement Right to Education Act 2009 in principle and soul where everyone in society should unite to guide the youth in the right direction.
She also explained about cyber fraud cases, phishing, sextortion and other cyber modes of exploitation prevalent today.
At the programme, Adv. Yemlong Chaba (best PLV zonal 2016) also explained on Immoral Trafficking Act, POCSO Act and existing response systems along with legal mechanisms to address human trafficking.
Later, DLSA Tuensang secretary & JMFC, Cheliam Khiamniungan spoke about legal services available for trafficking victims, victim compensation schemes and other services through which DLSA could provide help.
In his speech, KTC president, Thangou urged upon the villages to give awareness and maintain a strict action against child labour.
KMH general secretary, Chongkoi also shared incidents of child trafficking and urged upon everyone to monitor and prevent the same while KSU president, Sangchiu added that children should not be sent for child labour and that there was a need to monitor drug abuse and other intoxicant-related crimes.
At the painting competition which was conducted at Holy Angels School, Tsujang bagged the first prize while Chao and Thangpong M. bagged the second and third prizes respectively.
The programme was attended by all ward chairmen, NGOs, organisations, school teachers, students and public.