Mumbai : Mumbai Police, in a year-long massive crackdown on persons employing children for begging, have registered a record number of cases and have made arrests of people involved in human trafficking. In 2015 alone, around 1,917 children and women were rescued which is much higher than past five years.
The Social Service Branch and The Enforcement Department of the Mumbai Police have carried out special operations since past one year and their efforts have been fruitful. Many NGOs and Child Rights groups too have been an integral part of these operations.
As per the official data of the SS Branch of Mumbai Police, around 1,020 child labourers were rescued after registering nearly 517 cases of the same. The number of child employers who were nabbed by the SS branch has risen to 682. These statistics suggests that there has been a steady rise in the numbers as compared to last five years. Nearly 248 employers who bought children from other parts of the country and employed them in their homes have been charged under various sections of the Child Labour Act.
Going by the statistics it can be said that the Mumbai Police have rescued a record number of children from begging in 2015 and have also made a record by arresting human traffickers who push children in begging. As per the data, nearly 457 children were rescued from begging and around 207 human traffickers who compel children to beg were booked. Also, around 208 cases were registered under various sections of The Maharashtra Prevention of Begging Act and The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. With almost not a single case been registered in 2010 and none arrested then, the number of offenders being nabbed has gradually increased over the years since then.
In the year 2015, nearly 440 women were set free from human traffickers after registering around 102 cases. A total of 205 offenders were held by the police in the past whole year which is again greater than past three years as in 2014 and 2013 only 163 and 159 were arrested. All the accused offenders were booked under various section of Immortal Traffic Prevention Act of 1986.
The SS branch of Mumbai Police while rescuing children from forced labour and begging came across many children who were either kidnapped or were brought from various parts of the country and were employed at various places in the city. After their rescuing, the SS branch successfully sent around 457 children to their homes which are located in various states of the nation. Out of the 457 children, some 38 were girls who were reunited with their families.
Since January 2015 to December 2015, the SS branch of Mumbai Police have nabbed around 4,771 illegal bar runners and a total of 3,466 gamblers in the city. All these joint operations were executed under the guidance of Atulchandra Kulkarni, Jt. Commissioner of Police (Crime), KMM Prasanna, Additional CP (Crime) and the officials of Enforcement and Social Service Branch.