The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh to inform, within six weeks, the remedial steps being taken by the Anti-Trafficking Cells, set-up in 16 districts of the State, to prevent large-scale trafficking of girls from Bundelkhand region.
The Commission's directions have come following the report of the State Government in response to its notices based on suo motu cognizance taken of a media report that daughters of Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh were being trafficked for flesh trade.
According to the media report, carried on the 3rd March, 2013, out of 2230 girls, 482 were still untraceable, who were reported missing from five districts of Sagar Division in Bundelkhand during the last seven years.
The Commission, on the basis of the State Government's report, has observed that it appeared, a racket of flesh trade was going on and a large number of girls were missing from the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. And, to look into this issue, the State Government had to set-up Anti-Trafficking Cells in 16 districts and more were to follow-up in eight districts.
The Commission has also observed that the girls who had been saved/ rescued were also entitled for rehabilitation but it appeared that the State Government was not taking any other step, except running Rescue Homes with the help of NGOs.
The Commission has asked the Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh to submit a comprehensive report, within eight weeks, on the following points:
1. The current status of criminal cases in courts related to this problem.
2. Whether the State Government has any definite schemes for the prevention of large scale trafficking of girls.
3. State may also carry out a 'Study', if required, to look into the issue.