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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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Maneater attacks continue unabatedly in UTTARAKHAND VILLAGES

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On the one hand the jungles of Uttarakhand are on incessant fire, causing collosal loss to wildlife and the flora and fauna including the environment of the Uttarakhand hills, on the other hand the spree of man eater attacks on human lives is shockingly and anguishingly on with no sign of any end to this dreaded menace.

The inefficient forest department of Uttarakhand already devoid of sufficient staff has proved to be a complete failure till now and so are those sitting at the helm at the political and administrative levels.

According to sources though not fully confirmed about 150 leopards, tigers and panthers have become maneater and have created hovoc in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal and Kumaon regions thus not only terrorising the inhabitants of the interior villages but also affecting the tourist influx .

In the past six months, several incidents of dreaded man eater attacks have come to light killing women, children n senior citizens. But there had been no efforts from the side of the Forest department to reduce such incidents of man eater attacks.

Just a few days ago two children had been brutally killed by these maneaters/ predators in Kumaon and several others in Pauri Garhwal district.

Similarly the incidents of wild bear attacks are also on the rise, particularly in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

The photograph below is of a hard lucked man of Chowbattakhal Tehsil in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand where this innocent villager aged 65 years, namely Virendra Prasad Sundriyal, resident of village Sundrai, Kulkanddhidh was brutally killed by the man eater leopard near a bus shed on road side where the latter was sitting clandestinely in search of the prey.

The mutilated body of the deceased was found by the revenue police after several hours. The angry and furious villagers angrily protested in front of the forest staff raising slogans for their ineficiency and complacense.

The irate residents were demanding dousing of the jungle fire and subsequent killing of the maneater.

Meanwhile sources reveal that the maneater leapard has been captured by the forest division and is in the custody of the VAN VIBHAG.

Though the incidents of maneater attacks are already on the rise but after the jungle fires the maneaters are thronging towards villages and human settlements in search of refuge and food and the human beings are becoming their easy prey, particularly the women and children and at time the senior citizens.

If you ask for the accurate statistical data from the forest division of Uttarakhand they have none and even if they give it its too unauthentic. The reason being if they give the factual data their inefficiency and complacense would be revealed and subsequently would invite penal action.

Niharika Ghia writes: According to a newspaper report, UK forest department lacks the factual database on victims of animal attacks. The activists allege that complilation of factual data of wild animal attack victims will expose the inefficiency of the forest officials in tackling such conflicts. The officials do not wish to get caught in this so the actual figures are not been registered. Pauri has had the highest number of leopard attacks but unfortunately the database is not being registered correctly. I guess the fencing around the forest area as well as CCTV cameras is not done. Besides adequate supply of food will prevent the wild animals coming near villages. What a merciless attack.

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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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