Mumbai: Women’s rights forums questions the Government over neglecting the consent of a woman in the forth coming trafficking bill. Trafficking of persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) which bill will be tabled in Parliament during the July session has attracted huge criticism from the organisations who work for the rights of Women and society as a whole. In a discussion to understand where exactly is the draft of the Bill not correct or needs to be changed the social workers ended up acknowledge doing the fact that according to them the bill makes no sense.
The discussion was held on Wednesday in Mumbai participated by NNSW (National Network Of Sex Workers), Vamp (Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad), SANGRAM and Forum Against Oppression Of Women. Trafficking humans is the third largest organised crimes and this is the first time there is a law to control this crime.
According to the research conducted, to study the draft of the bill, it is drawn that the bill aims to supplement existing criminal law provisions on trafficking. However it should be looked through in the context of Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution.
“The Trafficking bill makes no sense. It tends to rescue the people who don’t want to be rescued. The bill doesn’t even considers the consent of the woman or the girl (doesn’t includes minors). The bill talks nothing about the trafficked but the womens who are trying to warn a living ” said a representative from NNSW.” it is purely out of the hatred towards sex workers. Focus is not the Traffic but sec workers “she added.
“Even those who are trafficked have a right to make disisions about their life. The bill is empowering the authorities to place persons who are trafficked in custodial institutions without their consent,” argued another social worker. Various women’s rights forums have conducted a detail field study and have come to a conclusion that the bill will not help needy but increase the burdens of the ones trying to survive. Criminalising is what the government is opting to rather than solution.
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