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Human trafficking: The government is still asleep
The girls from the tribal areas and poor villages are the easy prey of people involved in human trafficking. Even a small amount of money can lure these poor people to send their girl-child to work without even thinking about her security
A 14-year-old girl, Anita, was taken to Delhi by a family for household work. She was not only made to work for nearly 14-16 hours per day but also mentally and sexually harassed by the family. When she succeeded in escaping from there she said that she was not the only victim of these people rather, there were several other girls from different parts of the country. The only thing which was similar among these girls was their social and economic condition. Most of the girls are from the age group of 13-18 years.


The girls from the aborigine villages and underprivileged people are the easy prey of the people involved in human trafficking. Even a small amount of money can lure these poor people to send their girl-child to work without even thinking about her security. Sometimes, even the parents knowingly sell their daughters for the sake of money and to bring up their male child. The gender biased society also drives the people to such shameful acts.


Yes, I am talking about Madhya Pradesh, the heart of the country and boastfully fastest growing state of the nation where we often get the news of missing girls. Especially, in the districts of Mandala, Sidhi, Rewa, Katni and others that have tribal majority areas the number of such cases are on the high.


The girls in the age group of 12-18 years belonging to these aborigine areas and tribes are usually lured in the name of job offers and also a better life. But the fact is that these girls are being trafficked to the metros like Mumbai and Delhi and sometimes even abroad.


The biggest contradiction here comes with the fact that though on one side, the state government is showing their apathy towards the girls of these underprivileged areas by introducing many policies yet on the other side, it does not have even a bit of idea about these cases. The sources reveal that nearly 80-90 girls are missing only from the district of Mandala. The condition of the state in total is the worst. And another very astounding fact comes out is that even the Women Commission in the state, shows no concern about these cases.


When the nationwide drive is being run to stop human trafficking, the cases like these forces us to think again and again and concludes that though the governments boast their works for the development of these tribes and underprivileged people but in reality very few things are reaching the grassroot level and to the persons really in need.


But the fact which disturbs the most is the negligence of the government towards such cases of missing girls from the villages. This ultimately raises some questions which need to be answered.


1) How the gangs are being operated in a vast and diverse country like India?
2) Is there any involvement of some very high profiled personalities behind all these things?
3) Apart from the helpers at the local level, are they having any support from the higher officials in the department of police?
4) Even after much chaos on these issues by different NGO’s and continuous coverage by the media, why no stringent actions have been taken till yet?
5)How these gangs are operating so smoothly and easily?


There are still many more questions but the problem is, even though the questions have been raised, nobody bothered to find the answers. It is not only about Anita but thousands of other girls who have suffered and are still suffering. Because the main thought which controls the thinking in Indian society is: “We don’t know Anita or Sunita? Why should we be bothered about her?” But in the vicious circle of this mentality everybody forgets that it is Anita today, tomorrow it could be any girl from our city, after that from our colony, then from our neighborhood and then sometimes, it may be from our home, may be one of our own family members. So this menace needs to be fought together. We need to stand and tell these people, who takes human trafficking as a game, the power of “We, the people”.




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