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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday dubbed human trafficking as a “borderless, organised crime” and that his ministry had put in place an effective mechanism to curb the menace.

“Human trafficking is a very sensitive and serious issue. It is a borderless organised crime and India alone is not a victim of human trafficking as it is a global phenomenon,” Rajnath Singh said as he inaugurated a national conference on human trafficking here.

He also launched a portal – mysecurity.gov.in – at the event for women safety and protection.

Citing a recent report of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the minister said that the figures on south Asia were startling, with more than 1.5 lakh people reported as victims of human trafficking in a single year.

“It is shocking that young girls are sexually exploited, children are subjected to amputation, people are sold like cattle and bonded labour is still rampant. No civilized society can tolerate such inhuman practices. The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has put in place an effective mechanism to curb the menace and some remarkable achievements have been made in this regard,” he added.

The minister said that the MHA was working on a revised scheme to strengthen the Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) with cooperation of the state governments.

He also underlined the role of stakeholders, including NGOs, especially in the rehabilitation of rescued victims.

“It is essential to have a nodal coordinating agency for the purpose and the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project will prepare a database on criminals engaged in human trafficking. It is also the responsibility of all the ministries to contribute in checking human trafficking,” Rajnath Singh said.

Expressing concern about human trafficking from Bangladesh and Nepal, he said: “India recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh to check human trafficking and share information on agencies or individuals involved. We also hope to sign an agreement with Nepal as well.”

(IANS)

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At St. Teresa Charity Home, Out Of 450 Births Only 170 Are In Record

According to police, the incident is a case of human trafficking and they are trying to reach its roots.

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450 pregnant women were admitted in various homes, but there are records of only 170 childbirths and no information about the remaining 280.
450 pregnant women were admitted in various homes, but there are records of only 170 childbirths and no information about the remaining 280. Pixabay

450 pregnant women were admitted in various homes, run by the order founded by St Teresa, here between 2015 and 2018, but there are records of only 170 childbirths and no information about the remaining 280.

Ranchi : The Missionaries of Charity, which is facing charges of selling newborns to childless couples, has not been able to provide records of births by 280 women at its various homes here, police said on Saturday.

According to police sources, 450 pregnant women were admitted in various homes, run by the order founded by St Teresa, here between 2015 and 2018, but there are records of only 170 childbirths and no information about the remaining 280.

“We are investigating all angles of the sale of children to childless couple. We have gone through records of the pregnant women and newborn babies. There are discrepancies in the records,” a police official investigating the case told IANS.

Motherhouse" at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
Mother Teresa looking after the poor children. Flickr

The scam came to light when the couple, who had taken a newborn from the charity home in May, complained that they had paid Rs 1.20 lakh for medical care and delivery of the child, but the baby was taken back by the charity home with assurances of returning it back after court procedures.

The couple complained to the Child Welfare Society after they failed to get the child.

According to police, the incident is a case of human trafficking and they are trying to reach its roots.

Also read: Mother Teresa: Saint or Fraud? Five controversial facts about her

A mentally challenged women, staying in a Missionaries of Charity facility on Jail Road here, delivered a baby on Friday but sisters at the home insisted that the newborn should be left there only, the woman’s mother alleged. (IANS)