India to make concerted efforts to check human trafficking: Patil

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New Delhi, Oct 11 (UNI) Home Minister Shivraj Patil today said the government would make concerted efforts to check human trafficking by making laws effective, stringent and enforceable.

Addressing the valedictory session of the two-day-long South Asia Regional Conference of the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime along with the Indian government, Mr Patil said unless governments of the region join hands, the problem of trafficking could not be checked. The Home Minister said India would not be found wanting in checking the menace of trafficking.

He said police and law enforcement agencies were being strengthened and made effective against the menace. Police, entrusted with the responsibility for preventing and investigating trafficking and prosecuting traffickers, were being trained to create awareness so that their approach was better to the problem, he said.

He also emphasised the need for better rehabilitation of victims of trafficking by involving not only the government but companies and NGOs.

Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury said the Conference renewed the pledge to collectively fight and win the battle against human trafficking which was a blot on humanity.

She said the South Asia region needed to work together to collectively forge regional cooperation and collaborate to clean the system by sharing good practices and advocacy against trafficking.

Asserting that traffickers should be dealt sternly and in a special way which has no place for charity of heart, Ms Chowdhury said gender sensitisation of law enforcement authorities was necessary.

She said acknowledging the growing incidents of trafficking was necessary and added that Delhi Declaration was manifestation of a collective resolution of the commitment to save the human beings and humanity against the inhuman practice of trafficking.

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