Human Trafficking: SC asks govt to make functional central agency by next year

A bench led by Justice Anil R Dave ordered the Home Ministry to ensure such an agency is operationalised by December 1, 2016.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:December 10, 2015 2:22 am

The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Centre to make functional by December 1 next year the Organised Crimes Investigating Agency, which will probe human trafficking cases across the country. A bench led by Justice Anil R Dave ordered the Home Ministry to ensure such an agency is operationalised by December 1, 2016.

The bench, also comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, also asked the Women and Child Development Ministry to complete the consultation process in six months for drafting a comprehensive legislation to deal with issues like prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of the victims of trafficking for commercial and sexual exploitation.

The WCD Ministry set up a panel headed by its Secretary on November 16 to deliberate upon a new legislation and informed the court that consultation has to begin soon. Issuing these directions, the bench disposed of a PIL filed in 2004. Finding favour with a report by National Legal Services Authority on human trafficking, the Centre had earlier told court that instead of amending certain provisions in existing statutes, there is a need for a comprehensive legislation to tackle all aspects of human trafficking.

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