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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Date : March 8, 2018      

 

11431 child labourers mainstreamed into regular schools over three years

Chennai: In all 11,431 child labourers have been mainstreamed into regular schools between 2014 to 2017 in the state under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), with the number of children being mainstreamed each year during this period seeing a decline. While the state labour department suggests that the number of child labourer has steadily reduced over the period due to rigorous enforcement, rescue, and rehabilitation efforts taken by the government, activists say there is no solid evidence for the same. “The unorganised sector, including the stone quarry, brick kilns, and the construction sector, to date have children as young as 10 working along with their parents. Earlier, these used to be kids of the local people, now these are kids of migrants. Such incidents go unrecorded,” said R Geetha, of Federation of Unorganised Workers.

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Manipur students allege racial abuse

Vadodara: A day after clashes erupted between student groups belonging to Rajasthan and Manipur at Manubhai Mehta Hall at M S University’s Halls of Residence, scores of students from Manipur urged MSU officials to end racial discrimination faced by them at the campus. Within a span of a fortnight, the M M Hall has witnessed two clashes between student groups from Rajasthan and Manipur. On Monday, a large number of students from Manipur including girls approached the university officials alleging that they are not only facing racial discrimination from students belonging to Rajasthan but also warden of M M Hall. The Manipuri students said they are unable to hang around freely on the streets or stay peacefully inside the hostels since the first clash on the intervening night of March 1 and March 2.

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Teacher held for sexually abusing 11-year-old boy in Alandi

Pune: A 22-year-old music teacher was arrested on Sunday on charges of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy for the past five months at a dharmashala in Alandi. The suspect was produced before a magisterial court in Khed on Sunday and was remanded to police custody till March 15. The incident came to light a few days ago, when the victim told a friend of his plight. The friend, in turn, informed his parents and the matter was then reported to us. The victim hails from a humble family and has been learning a musical instrument at the dharmashala for the past two years,” said police sub-inspector Dattatreya Shinde.

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Human trafficking survivors press for new legislation for better victim rehab

Over 30 survivors of various forms of human trafficking – from bonded and child labour to trafficking for sex and forced marriages – have sought the intervention of Members of Parliament to ensure the early passage of the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill. The proposed anti-trafficking legislation was approved by the Union Cabinet recently. The survivors, from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, were in New Delhi this week to press for their demand. Pointing out the inadequacies of existing legislations, such as the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA), 1956, and Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976, they stated that the new bill will be the first to address the issue of victim rehabilitation.

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Minor rescued, accuses mother of forcing her into prostitution

A 17-year-old girl, allegedly being forced into prostitution by her mother, was rescued in Bharatpur on Saturday. The state’s anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU), along with the district child welfare committee (CWC) members, rescued the 17-year-old girl from a rented room in Pushp Vatika Colony of the city. CWC chairman Saroj Lohiya said that a shopkeeper, Bipul Sharma, informed the panel about the victim’s predicament. Sharma had overheard two women’s discussion at his shop and inferred the minor girl was kept in a house for prostitution.

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Crack the whip on child marriages

Every year, nearly 1.5 million girls in the country are married before they turn 18. But social attitudes on child marriage appear to be changing, according to global data released by Unicef on Tuesday. The prevalence of child marriage in India has dropped sharply from 47% in 2005-2006 to 27% in 2015-2016. The decadal decline in child marriage in the South Asia region has been sharp, says the Unicef study. India’s improved record has been attributed to higher levels of education among women and the provision of cash transfers as incentives for girls not to drop out of school by many states.

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Bill to check human trafficking will be introduced soon

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said on Monday that the Centre would introduce in the present session of Parliament the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. She was speaking after inaugurating the Sakhi One Stop Centre for women in distress, constructed at a cost of Rs. 37.5 lakh at Nittur. She said the Bill, prepared after consultations with other ministries, State governments and experts, stresses on rehabilitation of victims. It is one of the best Bills on prevention of human trafficking in the world, she said. The Sakhi One Stop Centres will be opened in Dharwad, Chamarajnagar, Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Bagalkot, and Davangere in the State. Over 170 Sakhi One Stop have been started in different parts of the country since 2015.

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