PM Nair, chair pro­fes­sor, Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences, Mumbai

Governance Now - - LAW -

This bill with a zero-tol­er­ance motto is a bold step. it’s for the first time that a bill or leg­is­la­tion makes re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the res­cued per­son a mat­ter of right. The bill makes it clear that re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is not contin­gent on the pros­e­cu­tion. There would not be any pres­sure on the vic­tim to speak for the state or de­pose in any par­tic­u­lar man­ner. The bill brings in ac­count­abil­ity of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion agen­cies of the gov­ern­ment. Un­der the ex­ist­ing laws, a duty was cast upon the police to res­cue and, yet no ac­count­abil­ity ex­isted on the agen­cies of the gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The bill has given a spe­cific char­ac­ter, shape and method to the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process. The func­tions and roles of mid­dle agen­cies have been de­lin­eated. The cre­ation of na­tional, state and district level com­mit­tees on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­vides a sin­gle-win­dow ap­proach to the en­tire process.

The freez­ing and con­fis­ca­tion of il­licit as­sets born of traf­fick­ing crimes is in­deed an im­por­tant and land­mark ad­di­tion to the anti-traf­fick­ing law. nei­ther sec­tion 370 ipc or itpa has any such pro­vi­sion. it is well known that traf­fick­ers make huge prof­its out of the sale and pur­chase of hu­man be­ings.”

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