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"Kolkata the land of Rabindranath Tagore! In his famous song, Rabindranath Tagore tells us to never give up on hope. He tells us to walk alone believing in ourselves despite no one responding to our call for help. This song makes me wonder about the power that is needed to walk alone. It also makes me wonder about the calls for help that are ignored by us everyday," said Amruta Khare, a dedicated volunteer at Empower People.
Kolkata has turned out to be the second safest city as far as the number of crimes per lakh population is concerned. However, West Bengal as a whole has performed poorly in 2016 as per the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). As per the report, of the total cases of human trafficking, 44% (3,579) were reported in West Bengal alone. Currently, the state ranks second with regard to crimes against women.
We at Empower People believe that whenever help is asked for, it should be given. Furthermore, we believe in developing our society into one where no one needs to ask for help, one where criminal activities are curtailed simply with the watchful eyes and ears od the communities.
In order to achieve this, Empower People is organising a March Against Bride Trafficking, an initiative being popularised on social media with the hashtag #MABT2018. It will cover 13 Districts of West Bengal among 45 Districts in total across 10 states. It will mobilise people into taking initiative to track micro level government mechanisms with a special emphasis on behavioral change among the citizens.
Let us all walk together towards direly needed change, a change in our mindsets, a change in our attitude as a community of People sharing space on this Planet we call Earth.