Special Women Police Battalion Soon in Assam
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
In order to tackle the increasing rate of crime against women and children, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has instructed the Home department to set up a special women police battalion in the state. Sonowal gave the direction to the Home Department while reviewing the human trafficking scenario in Assam.
Besides, the Chief Minister also directed to constitute a high level committee designating Home Department as Nodal Agency to collect all relevant information related to human trafficking and to carry out anti-trafficking drives also to intensify the surveillance and monitoring of human trafficking involving Labour and Social Welfare Department in the state.
Stressing on the need to develop an anti-trafficking mechanism from grass-root level, Sonowal asked the concerned departments to instruct the village headmen to prepare an extensive database of all human resources available in their respective villages. “In this regard it is important to ensure adequate monitoring of youths going outside Assam in search of job at village level, block development office level, circle office level and deputy commissioner level so that all information pertaining to allurement, etc., could be effectively tracked.”
Mentioning that the strict implementation of anti-trafficking laws could substantially reduce such cases, he also asked the Additional Chief Secretary (Labour) to prepare a draft act for giving exemplary punishment to those involved in such racket.
Expressing grave concern over rising number of human trafficking cases, Chief Minister advocated a strong and effective law enforcement mechanism to control such cases adding that there is a need to amend certain portions of the existing act to make it more effective.