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Drive to erase child labour

Dec. 6: Dispur, the judiciary and the civil society will join hands in the city on Saturday to create a massive awareness on child labour and women trafficking.

The state social welfare department, in association with Assam State Legal Services Authority and Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an internationally acclaimed NGO, will organise a rally, a seminar and other events to create awareness on how to prevent child labour and trafficking of women.

Chief Justice Altamas Kabir will be the chief guest at the event.

“The event will be the start of the state government’s ambitious plan to implement measures to effectively rehabilitate children and women rescued from traffickers. Assam has witnessed an alarming rise in the number of cases of women trafficking and child labourers because of various social and economic causes,” H.K. Sharma, commissioner and secretary of social welfare department, told reporters here today.

Over 1,500 children have disappeared from Assam in 2011-2012. Most of them are now living in subhuman conditions — as prostitutes, domestic help or underage wives — in north India.

According to the data of State Crime Records Bureau till March, 1,071 female and 494 male children have gone missing in Assam in 2011-2012, the highest in the Northeast.

“Assam is one of the highly vulnerable states in terms of women and child trafficking. Many poor girls and women from the state are lured to other states with the promise of giving jobs by so-called placement agencies, which are nothing but women and child traffickers in disguise. My NGO is pleased to join hands with the Assam government and the judiciary in the state to do away with such social menace,” Kailash Satyarthi, the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, said.

Justice Kabir will flag off the rally from the office of the Assam state branch of the Indian Council of Child Welfare at Roopnagar on Saturday afternoon.

The rally will conclude at the auditorium of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital in Bhangagarh.

This will be followed by a seminar on elimination of child labour and trafficking of women and children.

Justice Kabir and other legal luminaries of the country, social activists and NGOs fighting for the rights of children and women, and representatives of the state government will attend the seminar.

On Sunday, rallies to different parts of lower Assam, especially conflict-hit districts like Kokrajhar, will be flagged off from the city.