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