‘Agencies that recruit minors as help should be declared child traffickers’

The suggestion is part of a set of suggestions made by the government and the NCPCR to tackle the rampant issue of child trafficking.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2013 1:15:34 am

In a reply filed before Delhi High Court,on a plea regarding trafficking of children,the Union government recommended that placement agencies that recruit and bring minors to Delhi for domestic work “may be declared as trafficking in children”.

The suggestion is part of a set of suggestions made by the government and the NCPCR to tackle the rampant issue of child trafficking.

The written submissions made by the Additional Solicitor General on behalf of the government also recommend that even where the parents of the child have entered into a contract with the agency to allow the child to work for money,such contracts should be declared void and any agency which recruits children should not be registered and recognised by the government.

The Delhi High Court had asked the NCPCR to recommend methods to curb abduction and trafficking of children while hearing a plea filed by the parents of a girl who had allegedly been brought to Delhi by a placement agency to work as domestic help.

Delhi High Court has been monitoring the case since 2010,after the parents of a minor girl,who was abducted from Orissa,had moved a writ petition seeking the registration of an FIR.

The girl had been brought to Delhi by a placement agency with three other girls.

Delhi Police had eventually traced three of the trafficked girls,who were found to have been physically and sexually abused. A fourth girl is still missing in the case. In February,the High Court had pulled up the police for laxity in the investigation.

On the last date of hearing on May 9,the NCPCR had told the High Court bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath that the police and Child Welfare departments of various states would need to work together to prevent child trafficking and to establish protocols for rescue,restoration and rehabilitation of trafficked children.

The court had directed Delhi and Orissa police to file affidavits detailing the work done in the two states with regard to the NCPCR recommendations.

However,as the two governments failed to file the required replies,the court has issued fresh directions to file the replies by August 7.

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