The LG appreciated the endeavour of the Association of Indian Universities to bring together the vice-chancellors on a common platform to deliberate on university governance, collaboration, and promoting innovation in the academic world.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday stressed the need to dismantle the criminal network engaged in human trafficking.
Sinha was addressing a National Seminar on Anti Human Trafficking Awareness organised by National Commission for Women, in collaboration with Social Welfare Department and J&K Police, in Srinagar.
The lieutenant governor shared valuable suggestions to effectively deal with the challenges of human trafficking in a comprehensive manner. “Trafficking in persons is the most heinous form of organised crime which requires holistic and coordinated action by all the stakeholders at all levels,” he said.
“Law enforcement agencies, civil society groups, youth and every section of the society must unite to raise awareness of this issue, safeguards people from exploitation, effectively combat this violent crime and to dismantle the criminal network,” he added.
The LG asked the anti-human trafficking cells to forge partnership with youth clubs and civil society groups. “Anti-human trafficking cell in the districts require a comprehensive approach and partnership with civil society and youth to prevent trafficking and assist the law enforcement agencies to punish the traffickers. Our small effort can save many innocent people from exploitation,” he said.
He asked the Law enforcement agencies to analyse three important aspects – origin, transit and destination and prepare a priority action plan to strike at the root of human trafficking network.
“In order to eradicate this crime, our coordinate response must focus on vulnerable groups such as children, women, labourers, displaced persons and it should be ensured they are identified and sufficiently protected,” the LG said.
He said the government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance for crime against women and committed to punish the criminal networks or individuals behind this heinous crime.
J&K UT has the lowest number of cases of human trafficking. Rescue and rehabilitation is the priority. We are also fully committed to setting up Anti-Human Trafficking Cells in all the districts of J&K. Moreover, 202 women’s help desks have been set up in all the police stations of the UT, he further added.
Justice N. Kotiswar Singh, Chief Justice of J&K and Ladakh High Court said, the human trafficking mainly affects women and children. We should focus on the prevention part and the judiciary has a role to play where perpetrators are taken to task, he added.
Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women, stressed upon awareness in the society. Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary reiterated the UT Administration’s commitment to eradicate human trafficking.