Anti-trafficking legislation in parliament soon: Maneka Gandhi

The minister said that the government will try to introduce the bill in the winter session of parliament

GN Bureau | October 17, 2016


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Anti-trafficking legislation in parliament soon: Maneka Gandhi
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Maneka Gandhi, minister of women and child development, on Monday said that the government will soon bring an anti-trafficking legislation in the parliament, the draft of which is ready.

 
Addressing the Regional Editors' Conference in Chandigarh, the minister said that the government will try to introduce the bill in the winter session of the parliament. It will cover rescue, relief and reintegration of trafficked persons, and for the first time will make a distinction between those trafficked and the traffickers.
 
In an important initiative to track missing children, the minister said, the Khoya Paya portal has already reported nearly 6,000 cases of missing/sighted children since its launch last year. Runaway/Missing children are also being helped under Special Operating Procedures developed in association with Railways. She said that 13,000 children have already been helped under this initiative and posters are being pasted in all railway coaches to report children in distress.
 
Some of the other initiatives taken by the government include decision to install panic buttons on all cell phones for women in distress from January 1, 2017, setting up of nearly 170 One Stop Centres for women affected by violence by March 2017, flagship programme Beti bachao Beti Padhao to reverse the declining child sex ratio, 33 percent reservation for women in police force, and setting up a large home for 1000 widows in Vrindavan.
 
The minister added that guidelines for matrimonial websites are being implemented to prevent their misuse, an online portal Mahil e-Haat for women to sell their products has been set up on which business worth nearly rs 6 lakh was transacted in the first six months itself, women sarpanches are being trained to empower them to administer the villages professionally , and scheme of Gender Champions has been launched in schools.

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