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National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) had covered many trafficking cases due to lack of education and awareness in the parents. However NGOs pledged to spread awareness about human-trafficking.
NCRB had reportedly covered 1,494 cases from Assam in 2015 whereas in 2016 was as low as 91. However, the activist groups engaged in anti-trafficking measures share an entirely different ground reality.
Children go missing when a trafficker pretends to offer their parents to give their child free education or lucrative jobs. Awareness among them about filing a missing complaint to police in Gaon Bura (Village head) or NGOs is next to zero.
According to Rajeev Sharma, Director of Guwahati-based NGO GOLD (Global Organisation for Life Development), approximately, 10,000 women and children are trafficked each year from Assam. Even if the cases are reported, the key departments lack awareness about child protection issues and services.
Furthermore, there is lack of infrastructural and educational facilities in this area. Therefore, it becomes vital that these issues are confronted and resolved.
We may be able to buy a new mobile phone but imagine the plight of parents who lose their children and don't even know who to approach or how to go about tracing their child with the correct sources.
Empower People is an organisation which is organasing a march, which tries to save these children through different initiatives on the fronts of prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking, especially bride trafficking.
The March will ensure a strengthening of the anti-trafficking network and a spread of critical awareness amongst communities vulnerable to bride trafficking.
Empower People considers it a humanistic obligation to ensure that the cycle of exploitation is uprooted from the society and it is time to that people stood united in the cause and showed their support for the march against bride trafficking.