The fight against trafficking of women received a boost on Tuesday with the launch of a three-day training on how to combat the social menace.
Jharkhand State Women Commission, in association with United Nation Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), are organising the training for elected representatives of panchayat bodies and representatives of implementing agencies on “Initiative against trafficking of women and girls” at State Institute of Rural Development, Hehal, in Ranchi.
State social welfare, woman and child development minister Vimla Pradhan, who was the chief guest, chaired Tuesday’s daylong session.
The speakers stressed on the role of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and its members for tackling trafficking, which mainly stems from rural areas. The unanimous opinion was that the PRIs should register names of girls and women of the villages, maintain their records like addresses and issue them ID cards. They should also record names and addresses of placement agencies and submit the same to the labour department, social welfare department and women’s commission.
Pradhan drew attention to government schemes meant for poverty alleviation. “But unless these schemes reach the interior areas of our state, our girls will continue to be exploited,” she said.
Anju Pandey, who is in charge of Development Fund for Women (Unifem), UN, said trafficking was the worst form of human rights violation. “We need to empower women to prevent trafficking, which is largely a result of poverty and lack of education,” he said.