GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1745
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2017/ PHALGUNA 25,1938 (SAKA)
DRAFT BILL AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
- SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government was taking measures to increase the deterrence on our children being abducted and enslaved given that according to NCRB data the national conviction rate of Human trafficking cases is two per cent;
(b) if so, whether it could be seen in the upcoming Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016;and
(c) if so, what is being done to increase awareness on the issue to improve the reporting of crime at the grass root level?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(SHRIMATI KRISHNA RAJ)
- to (c) The upcoming Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill’ 2017, aims to prevent trafficking of persons, to provide care, protection and rehabilitation to the victims of trafficking, to prosecute offenders and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The proposed legislation defines “child” as a person who has not completed the age of eighteen years. It provides for care, protection and rehabilitation of victims and in case of child victim, the provisions of the Juvenile Justice ( Care & Protection of Children) Act’ 2015 shall apply. In addition, it defines some new forms of trafficking as aggravated or otherwise and prescribes stringent punishment to persons committing the offence of trafficking for the purposes of forced or bonded labour, administering chemical substance or hormone for the purposes of attaining sexual maturity in victims etc. It envisages establishment of well coordinated institutional mechanisms at District, State and National level for prevention and investigation of offences and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking. At the grass root level, the District Anti Trafficking Committee have been entrusted with various functions including creating awareness generation programs, community mobilization and empowerment of vulnerable social groups against Trafficking of Persons. The Rehabilitation Fund so constituted also provides for awareness generation programmes for prevention of Trafficking of Persons.