In the light of the alarming rise in cases of trafficking and forced labour in the country due to further impoverishment of poor families, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has demanded urgent passage of the Anti-Trafficking Bill in the upcoming monsoon session of parliament without further delay.
Child trafficking seems at an all time high as a result of the pandemic. In a night-long operation, my @BBAIndia colleagues rescued 23 children in Bhopal,14 in Vijayawada &13 in Kolkata from railway stations with the help of GRP & RPF. Thanks dear @PiyushGoyal ji & @RailwaySeva pic.twitter.com/ug9iORAp2z
— Kailash Satyarthi (@k_satyarthi) July 6, 2021
The passage of the bill through both the houses of the parliament will be fulfilment of the demand of 12 lakh Indians who marched across 22 states and 12,000km demanding a strong law against trafficking along with Kailash Satyarthi in 2017.
To voice their support for the demand of Kailash Satyarthi several activists, members of the civil society organisations and survivor leaders will be reaching out to Parliamentarians of their respective states soon, Business Standard reported.
Child trafficking is ruining childhoods and breaking India's backbone. Let us come together to support the trafficking bill.
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— Satyarthi Foundation (@KSCFIndia) July 12, 2021
‘It is important that there is awareness among people and a mass movement must exist where people can come together to fight against child labour, child trafficking and child sexual abuse.’ Satyarthi can be heard saying in a video released by the Satyarthi foundation.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan founded by Satyarthi is a grassroots movement protecting children and ensuring their rehabilitation and education. According to the organisation June 12 & July 12, 2021, its teams conducted 70 raids in 15 states & rescued 603 children with various government agencies and local police depicting the rise in child trafficking during the pandemic.
Between June 12 & July12, 2021, our teams conducted 70 raids in 15 states & rescued 603 children with various government agencies and local police.
To help us rescue and rehabilitate more children you can support us by:
Donating- https://t.co/tTlGoPlYx2#iSupportTraffickingBill pic.twitter.com/5xva0wqdpW
— BachpanBachaoAndolan (@BBAIndia) July 13, 2021
Satyarthi while talking about the bill said that ‘a law for prevention, timely investigation, punishment for traffickers, and the protection and rehabilitation of survivors is a matter of urgency. I call on all parliamentarians to pass a strong & comprehensive antitrafficking law in the upcoming session of Parliament. Our children, their freedom and dignity cannot wait,’ Business Standard reported.
The current pandemic has led to an aggravation of the vulnerabilities of the marginalised children in India. They are now much more prone to various kinds of exploitation especially trafficking and child labour.