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Anti-human trafficking units must be formed in villages: Justice V.N. Sinha

A one-day state level workshop on Rehabilitation of Trafficking Victims was organized by NGO Prayas' Bihar chapter and India-Nepal Human Liberty Network (INHLN) in Patna. This workshop was supported by Freedom Fund and Geneva Global.

Justice V.N. Sinha of Patna High Court inaugurated the workshop in the gracious presence of Anita Sinha, Vice-Chairperson of Bihar Child Labour Commission (BCLC) and others.

"Rehabilitation is a step after the rescue of the trafficking victims for saving them going back to black holes. This is a program of the Department of Social Welfare (Women and Child ), Government of Bihar."

But the surprising thing was that not a single representative was there from the Department of Social Welfare (Women and Child ). This absence indicates insensitiveness about this burning problem.

"Child Protection Committee must be formed at the Panchayat levels in the villages of Bihar. These committees have their Panchayat's database," said Justice V.N. Sinha, Patna High Court.

Justice Sinha also appealed the social activists of Bihar to become more active to control trafficking and re-trafficking of children and women in the state.

"We have to change our mentality about children and women for their real rehabilitation in the society after the rescue of the trafficking victims. Unity has strength," said Anita Sinha, Vice-Chairman of BCLC.

Suresh Kumar of NGO Prayas, Bihar chapter, introduced India Nepal Human Liberty Network (INHLN). Representatives of two other NGOs also shared their experiences, achievements and problems during the workshop on December 27.