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As is Delhi increasingly in the grip of life taking pollution, similarly is it the victim of massive chain snatching crimes and subsequent assaults, particularly the women being the worst sufferers. In almost every street, nook and corner, parks, market place, cinema houses, residential colonies or in busy areas these dreaded criminals, majority of them being the delinquents below eighteen years have created havoc and the law enforcing agency, the police, already short of staff is extremely complacent to deal with these termites who’d made the lives of Delhi’s women a hell.

Moving around with gold wearings and handy mobiles has become a risky affair with women and college going girls, the most affected. What is more worrisome is that these professional gangs now also operate from expensive and ostentatious marriage ceremonies where they mix themselves wearing facinating attire and clandinely rob the expensive jewellery and cash. Today, out of the fear and risk to one’s life, especially inaction from the side of the police authorities the women have given up wearing gold chains or ornaments n keeping their expensive mobiles intact in purse than hanging around.

Even the family members of the higher ups have been the victims of these snatchers but fortunately they get their stolen ornaments or properties back in record time, thanks to their status and influence. If we go by the Delhi Police records there had been a whopping six fold increase in cases of snatchings compared to previous years and the resolution rate is surprisingly less than 30%.

But now there seems to be a little ray of hope for DELHITES as the Delhi High Court has issued directives to the state government to make the law on chain snatching stricter by amending the panel provisions terming the chain snatching as a very serious matter. It sought a detailed report from the Delhi govt as well and simultaneously issued notices to DP, civic body MCD and the state govt seeking replies.

An enlightened Delhi advocate Prashant Manchanda after feeling concerned have filed a writ petition in the DHC saying that the myriad increase in chain snatching incidents in the capital have made the people, especially the foreign tourists completely insecure.

SUNIL NEGI

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NHRC ISSUES NOTICE TO UNION HOME SECRETARY AND SECY WOMEN AND CHILD MINISTRY ON MISSING CHILDREN IN INDIA

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The National Human Rights Commision has taken a suo motto of the news appeared in several newspapers of the capital pertaining to the missing and trafficked children and has directed the union home secretary and the secretary of the union Women and Child Development ministry through a notice to accquaint the commission about the scientific methods/ techniques adopted by the concerned agencies to trace the missing children.

The NHRC’s notice to these senior most bureaucrats on missing children definitely speaks of its seriousness on the burning issue of trafficked children nationally.

It may be recalled that several socio political organisations of the capital under the Banner of Search My Child, a popular website on missing children, all over the country, has last week marched in good numbers from Mandi House to Parliament, particularly, women and parents of missing children, holding playcards and raising slogans against the police, administration and the authorities concerned demanding immediate setting up of special fast track child rescue cells at all the police stations of the country, law for registration of zero FIR in any part of the country regarding the missing child, tracing of missing children at the earliest by the authorities concerned, adequate financial compensation to the traumatic families of the victimised child and establishment of proper and effective cordination between the various state and the central police force to trace the missing children speedily compounded with fast track inquiry in such matters.

A memorandum was also handed over to the prime minister Narendra Modi’s office at South Block, New Delhi by Kusum Kandwal Bhatt of Search My Child and her dedicated team of women volunteers alongwith the parents of the missing children.

The movement for search of missing children gained momentum few months before after a child girl of merely four years old, namely Kashish Rawat went mysteriously missing from her Sector 22, Noida House, about two and a half years ago.

The parents of the child and various socio political organisations of Uttarakhand in Delhi have done their best by approaching all the member of parliaments of Uttarakhand in Delhi, union home minister Rajnath Singh, former and present chief ministers of UP, Akhilesh Yadav and Yogi Aditya Nath, her MP wife Dimple Yadav and RS MP from UK Raj Babber, the present and past SPs of Noida Police, all the senior police officials and submission of several memorandums, including wide coverage in print and electronics media but shamefully and unfortunately, of no avail.

It’s not even clear whether Kashish Rawat and several other such missing children are still dead or alive. The most ignorant and the complacent attitude and posture of the Noida police authorities towards finding Kashish Rawat despite so much of exercise has finally enthused and energised selfless women like Kusum Kandwal Bhatt and others who took the cudgels of the movement in their hands and organised a massive protest march and demonstration from Mandi House to Parliament street under scorching sun on 12th May comprising od several hundred children, women and men and appealed to the prime minister to take suo motto of the burning cases of hundreds of thousands of missing children countrywide who are sold illegally after being trafficked after kidnapping and forced into prostitution, beggary, forcible domestic jobs under challenging conditions or arbitrarily sold to the parents against huge monetary profit in other states and countries abroad.

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CHILD TRAFFICKING MENACE SHOULD BE DEALT WITH SEVERELY AND MOST EXPEDITIOUSLY

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The child trafficking menace is adopting a gigantic proportion nationally with law enforcing agencies particularly the police not being able to adequately n meticulously cope with the situation for reasons being tremendous shortage of personels in police force and their over involvement in duties of the VIPs, VVIPs and resolution of crimes of different more serious nature like murders, decoities, rapes, gangsterism, against corruption and several other hiccups like round the clock petrolling and other factors as well.

Moreover adequate lack of training in the concerned field in terms of meticulous investigation and lack of dedication on the part of some policemen is also one of the important reason why crime against children, child trafficking and cases of their mysterious disappearence are not resolved satisfactorily. The general perception about police in our society in the resolution of crime and cases pertaining to mobile and gold thefts, crime against women, and women assaults is not good nor satisfactory as people feel more relaxed keeping themselves at bay from the police authorities than to seek they support unless it is very very necessary or highly warranting.

This phenomena is undobtedly disturbing though there are very upright, dedcated and outstanding officers in police services who leave no stone unturned to efficiently and honestly prove their mettle. But despite all this, in the recent years, the cases of child trafficking has been on the terrific rise with extremely little rates of recovery or punishment to the criminals or child traffickers involved in this flourishing business right under the nose of the system. According to a conservative estimate and the figures presented in parliament during debates on this pivotal issue about 3 lakh 25 thousand children had been either kidnapped, illegally trafficked or mysteriously disappeared during three years duration from 2011 to june 2014.

This statistics clearly illustrates that about 1 lakh children are disappearing every year and thrown into begging, forcible prostitution and other child labour jobs by gangs involved in this fishy obnoxious trade and our system is hardly capable or worried to set right the situation. According to the statistics of the National Crime record Bureau, in every eight minute, one child gets disappeared in the country thus showing an extremely disturbing trend in terms of child trafficking or missing child incidents. What is more disturbing is the fact that out of these missing children, 55 percent are girls, majority of whom are forcibly pushed into prostitution or arbitrarily sold for good amount even to childless parents in various states or abroad or first sexually assaulted and then left to beggingunder extremely tortuous circumstances with even their body parts brutally cut .

The recovery rate is unfortunately less than twenty percent. One would be surprised and shocked to learn that Maharashtra tops the list in terms of missing children in the last three years with 50 thousand children mysteriously missing followed by Madhya Pradesh showing the figure as 24,836. Delhi is third in the chart with 20000 missing children followed by Andhra Pradesh with 18540 children missing. In Uttar Pradesh too the statistics is highly worrying with hundreds of thousands of children missing every year. The supreme court of India has been extremely serious and harsh on this issue and had issued several important guidelines to the union and state governments to expedite cases of child recoveries and punish the guilty under the strictest sections of the law but of no awail.

If we go by the national statistics on over all basis this figure must have gone in several millions by now, with majority of the cases of child trafficking and disappearence not being reported under duress, pressure and social stigma. The government should seriously come forth with more stringent laws on this front and exedite the police machinery by equipping it with the latest survillence gadgets, filling vacancies, giving adequate hi tech investigation training to its personels, allowing registering of the zero FIRs and opening Fast Track Child Rescue Cells in extremely good numbers at the decentralised police station levels, specifically. What’s your take friends?
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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Hundreds of women volunteers and children march to parliament demanding stringent laws against child trafficking

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A good number of women activists, parents of the missing children, students, voulnteers of several non governmental organisations and socio political activists including few journalists today marched from Mandi House to Parliament street under the scorching sun raising anti police, administration and government slogans demanding immediate rescuing of the disappeared and trafficked children and fulfilment of several other genuine demands to expedite action on hundreds of thousands of cases of the missing children all over the country.

Holding playcards and raising slogans against the police and the concerned authorities the acrimonious procession marched for about one n a half kilometres from Mandi House and finally culminated at Parliament street where the participants were addressed by the Chief of the Search My Child website and a leading women activist Kusum Kandwal Bhatt, senior journalist n socio political activist Charu Tiwari, President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum Sunil Negi, Dev Singh Rawat, activist Sushma Negi, Babita Negi, several women NGO activists, Nandan Singh Rawat, Uday Mamgain Rathi and several others.

The main organiser of this protest demonstration Kusum Kandwal Bhatt and her co women activists later on presented a two page memrandum to the Prime minister’s South block office under police escort.

The memorandum expressed serious concern, shock and anguish over the increasing and unabated incidents of child trafficking and disappearence of children all over the country and the ignorance n complacense of the police authorities in tracing them and punishing the guilty under the relevent and stringent sections of the law.

While emphatically demanding immediate permission for registration of Zero FIR in the cases of child’s disappearence in any part of the country, the Search My Child organisation also demanded establishment of Fast Track Rescue Cell in every police station of the country compounded with expeditious recovery of the vast number of missing children n mandatory use of adhar card to lacate them. The furious and angered demonstrators, majority of whom were women and youngsters literally pledged to continue their fight against the system till their demands are not met forthwith.

It may be recalled that 4 year old Kashish Rawat had mysteriously disappeared from.her sector 22, Noida House about two n a half years ago and is still untraceable since then despite tremendous efforts of her parents and various socio political organisations right from meeting the UP state CMs’ former and present to the entire senior officers of Noida police to union Home minister to all the MPs of Uttarakhand but of no avail.

Since then several mass protests and demonstrations were organised at Jantar Mantar Delhi n Noida n several memorandums handed to aithorities concerned but nothing fructified till yet. Mrs Kusum Kandwal Bhatt and her organisation in league with other NGOs n Social organisations thereafter took the cudgels of this burning issue in their hands and mobilised students, teachers and parents by holding mass awareness campaigns in various scholsand colonies of Delhi. Today’s protest march was in sequel to the earlier efforts and initiatives to pressurise the government accept their demands on this pivotal issue and devise new n stringent laws to punish the guilty and trace the missing children expeditiously.

Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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