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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Date : May 8, 2018      

 

Survivors may get to report sexual abuse as a child till age 25

For people who have been sexually abused as children, the Union women and child development (WCD) ministry is seeking a seven-year time limit, after they turn 18, to report such offences, senior ministry officials familiar with the development said. If the move gets a nod from the Centre, it will mean survivors will have to file a complaint before they turn 25, after which the statute of limitations will expire. The issue was discussed at a review meeting chaired by women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi last week. “It was decided that having a specific time limit will help ensure that evidences or samples in sexual offence cases such as rape and molestation are good enough to stand scrutiny,” said a ministry official who asked not to be named.

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Doctor arrested for botching abortion leads to child trafficking racket in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh

Chennai: The arrest of a doctor earlier this week for a botched abortion that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old woman has led officials to a human trafficking racket involving the sale of babies from unwanted pregnancies. When the district police detained Selvamba Rajkumar for the bungled abortion that cost Lakshmi Manigandan her life in Vazhapadi, a panchayat town 30km east of Salem, she had a tip to offer A middle-aged man (name and details withheld) in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, acted as a broker in a child trafficking racket, she said. Officials from AP, Tamil Nadu and the Union health ministry confronted the man on Thursday and he admitted to working as a go-between for doctors, pregnant women and childless couples. Flipping under pressure, the middleman cut a deal to be an approver, a Union health ministry official said. The man described a well-oiled network of doctors and brokers involved in fetal gender determination, illegal abortions and sale of babies.

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Social media makes trafficking easier

Kolkata: Social media is one of the biggest routes for luring schoolchildren into trafficking. This was one of the highlights at the seventh edition of the anti-human trafficking conclave organised by the US Consulate General, Kolkata in association with NGOs Shakti Vahini and Banglanatak Dot Com. Around 300 students from various Kolkata schools, including The Heritage School, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, DPS Ruby Park, La Martiniere for Boys and Modern High School for Girls attended a workshop titled ‘Empowering Youth Voices to Combat Human Trafficking’. One of the major risks that youngsters face is when they render themselves vulnerable during chance encounters with strangers on Whatsapp and Facebook.

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SuMo- Raid trains to curb child trafficking

Patna: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi has directed labour resources and social welfare officials to organise surprise raids by the Dhava Dal on trains originating from Patna to curb incidents of child trafficking. Dhava Dal is a police unit under the social welfare department. “The state government provides Rs 3,000 to every rescued child worker immediately. They also get Rs 25,000 each from the CM Relief Fund for rehabilitation. In the last four years, 1,254 children have benefited from this scheme,” SuMo said at an event organised by the social welfare and labour resources departments in partnership with Unicef on the occasion of National Child Labour Elimination Day on Monday.

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Child brides sold into sex slavery, domestic work, say Indian officials

Girls are being trafficked into domestic servitude or sex slavery after their parents illegally marry them off, said officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Tuesday. Researchers are conducting the state’s first survey into links between child marriage and slavery, according to Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson of Maharashtra’s women’s commission. The legal age of marriage in India is 18 for women and 21 for men. Parents face a fine of 100,000 rupees ($1,535) and two years in prison if they are caught trying to marry off their underage children. But discrimination against girls remains widespread, particularly in rural and poor communities where parents often view daughters as financial burdens and continue to marry them off early.

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