Annual media awards for humane stories on girl trafficking
Kolkata, Aug 23 (UNI) New Delhi-based Human Development Resource Network (HDRN) today announced the introduction of eight annual awards for print and electronic media for outstanding coverage on the menace of human trafficking and danger of HIV/AIDS in India.
The awards, four each for both media, will carry a cash prize of Rs 25,000 each, and a citation and will be given in New Delhi in every December in recognition to the useful contribution of the members of the fourth estate in bringing to the fore the touching stories of wanton abuse of human dignity, said noted filmmaker Anjan Dutta announcing the awards programme here this evening.
He said the awards, co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme, which had been working against girl trafficking in eleven states, would be given on the basis of either as one off article or a series of in depth report, published in any Indian newspaper, magazine or presented in AIR or in any televison channel.
Moreover, Mr Dutta said the selected candidates would be given two -month time to research, write and publish or broadcast their work after filing the application.
Earlier, participating in a discussion on the growing menace of girl trafficking in the country, UNDP Project Director Manu Prakash and social worker Manabendra Mondal and two sex workers said in order to prevent random entry of innocent girls into the sex trade a Self Regulatory Board had been set up in most of the major red light areas in the country, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
Claiming that such effort had already generated overwhelming success in all parts of the country, Mr Prakash quoting from a recent UNDP report said at present more than one million girls had been forced into the sex trade in India with about 25 per cent of them below 18 years of age.
Despite all out efforts by the government, NGOs and other national and international agencies the percentage of trafficking was growing by over 15 per cent per annum, Mr Mondal informed and called for more public awareness programme and stringent penal action against the traffickers.
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