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