Amod K Kanth, for­mer IPS of­fi­cer, founder of Prayas, an NGO

Governance Now - - LAW -

The new bill brings in ac­count­abil­ity of agen­cies in mat­ters of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. it’s not only the vic­tim who will ben­e­fit from the new law, but the en­tire jus­tice de­liv­ery mech­a­nism. The Sec­tion 370 amend­ment (to the in­dian Pe­nal code) de­fined hu­man traf­fick­ing, but many as­cpects re­mained un­cov­ered. in the pre­vi­ous law, it was the duty of the police to res­cue the vic­tims and there was no ac­count­abil­ity of the agen­cies in pro­vid­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

as for le­gal­is­ing pros­ti­tu­tion, no woman vol­un­tar­ily chooses to be a sex worker. do you know any woman who will­ingly chooses to be a sex worker? Women in dire need of money will choose to be sex work­ers. We are in the big­ger fight to save the coun­try’s chil­dren and women. Vic­tims are grap­pling with prob­lems, in­clud­ing poor health, poverty, de­pres­sion and lack of aware­ness about their rights and fu­ture. and this bill of­fers res­cue, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, time-bound trial of ac­cused and repa­tri­a­tion of the vic­tims. The bill pro­vides for con­fi­den­tial­ity of vic­tims, wit­nesses and com­plainants. This bill of­fers hope for vic­tims’ fu­ture so that nobody can push them to be sex work­ers.”

moral will.

in­stead of in­tro­duc­ing this bill in the pre­sent form in the ra­jya Sabha, it should be sent to the par­lia­ment se­lect com­mit­tee for fur­ther dis­cus­sion.”

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