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New Delhi: A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday seeking it direct the government to issue the honourific of “martyr” or “shaheed” to paramilitary or police personnel who sacrifice their lives in the line of duty.

The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed before a division bench headed by Chief Justice G. Rohini, who posted the matter for July 29 for further hearing.

Citing that 31,895 paramilitary personnel sacrificed their lives in the last 53 years in the line of duty, the PIL said the honour of being called a “martyr” or “shaheed” still eludes the troopers and officers of paramilitary and police forces in the country.

The plea was filed by advocate Abhishek Choudhary, who apprised the court that “the personnel of the three armed forces of the country, namely army, navy and air force, are called ‘martyr’ or ‘shaheed’ when they are killed during duty, but unfortunately the men/women of police and paramilitary forces who are killed in anti-Maoist operations, rendering internal security duties and guarding our borders in extreme conditions are not given the stature of a ‘martyr’.”

“In many places, like along the Pakistan border, paramilitary personnel work along with army men and in Maoist-affected states, they work with air force officials. But in case of death in action, the Central Armed Police Personnel (CAPFs) are not accorded ‘martyr’ or ‘shaheed’ status,” the plea said.

Choudhary said honouring them will not only act as a morale booster but also enhance their self-respect.

(IANS)

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Along with IBM and Western Union, participants include Europol, Europe's law enforcement agency is also included

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People protesting against human trafficking and slavery raise their fists during a demonstration in Mexico City. VOA

Computer giant IBM Corp., financial services company Western Union
Co. and European police launched a project Thursday to share financial data that they said may one day be able to predict human trafficking before it occurs.

The shared data hub will collect information on money moving around the world and compare it with known ways that traffickers move their illicit gains, highlighting red flags signaling potential trafficking, organizers said.

“We will build and aggregate that material, using IBM tools, into an understanding of hot spots and routes and trends,” said Neil Giles, a director at global anti-slavery group Stop the Traffik, which is participating in the project.

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Ethnic Uighur Muslim boy stands inside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand. He was in a group of 200 people rescued from a human trafficking camp. VOA

Data collection, digital tools and modern technology are the latest weapons in the fight against human trafficking, estimated to be a $150 billion-a-year global business, according to the International Labor Organization.

The U.N. has set a goal of 2030 for ending forced labor and modern slavery worldwide, with more than 40 million people estimated to be enslaved around the world.

Certain patterns and suspicious activity might trigger a block of a transaction or an investigation into possible forced labor or sex slavery, organizers said.

The project will utilize IBM’s internet cloud services as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning to compare data and to spot specific trafficking terms, said Sophia Tu, director of IBM Corporate Citizenship.

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The project will utilize IBM’s internet cloud services

With a large volume of high-quality data, the hub one day may predict trafficking before it happens, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“You can’t do it today because we’re in the process of building out that amount of data and those capabilities, but it’s in the road map for what we want to do,” she said.

While law enforcement is teaming up with banks and data specialists to chase trafficking, experts have cautioned that it can be a cat-and-mouse game in which traffickers quickly move on to new tactics to elude capture.

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Also, less than 1 percent of the estimated $1.5 trillion-plus laundered by criminals worldwide each year through the financial system is frozen or confiscated, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Along with IBM and Western Union, participants include Europol, Europe’s law enforcement agency; telecommunications giant Liberty Global; and British banks Barclays and Lloyds, organizers said. (VOA)