SC seeks details on trafficked women and children


Newsgram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Tuesday,  asked all state governments to yield details of all the cases filed under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (ITP Act) and the Indian Penal Code(IPC) till September 30, 2015 to the central government.

“States shall give complete details with regard to the cases filed under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 and under sections 370 and 370A of Indian Penal Code during 2014 and till September 30, 2015,” said judges Anil R Dave, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph.

While Section 370 of the IPC has provision for punishment for buying or disposing of any person as a slave provision for punishment for exploitation of trafficked persons is included under Section 370A.

The court assured that the details would be made available within a fortnight so that the union of India can collect the data and put it in a proper format for perusal of this court.

The court said the information would be submitted to the court before November 16. It directed the next hearing on the rescue and rehabilitation of the trafficked people to be held on November 19.

The court asked the Cabinet Secretary to take steps for setting up a committee comprising relevant ministries and departments, states and union territories to prepare a comprehensive legislation to tackle all aspects of trafficking.

The government told the court that there was an urgent need for setting up an Organised Crime Investigation Agency (OCIA) to deal with human trafficking.

Asking the home ministry to do the needful, the court wanted the know the scope and the feasibility of the proposed OCIA.

The court also asked the central government to provide details about the action taken to curb the trafficking and sexual exploitation against women and children.

(With inputs from IANS)