It has not been much time we celebrated Human Rights Day this current year. The newspapers and websites were filled with the interviews of Human Right Activists, especially youth expressing his views on the current situation even after human rights law on faceboook, twitter and the posts and photos being shared and retweeted. TV and news channels debated on the current situation with many intellectuals. Everyone debated for that one or two hour, political parties blaming one another for the situation. Everyone agreed to the point that laws are not properly implemented. Agreed. I think not only government, but also the people are to be blamed for it. Everyone could be seen showing a feeling of concern on the social media and the television. But, is that all we can do as Individuals? I mean does our responsibility as an individual end here by just showing concern on the social networking sites and sharing the posts? Let’s discuss it later and firstly, let’s focus on the problem that still exists which is of Trafficking. According to the definition of United Nation “any activity leading to recruitment, transportation, harbouring or receipt of persons by means of threat or use of force or a position of vulnerability.” And if believed on the available data from the National Crime Record Beureau (NCRB), the number of registered Human Trafficking case has increased by 38.3% in five years and most of the cases are of Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, mostly of section 366- A of Immoral Traffic Prevention Act which is Procuration of Minor Girls. Not only women and children, but also, there are some male children also who are a victim of Human Trafficking.
Much to a surprise for few, but yes, even male children are also sold and purchased. They are mostly pushed into begging or bonded labours. Women and Girls of young age are sold in order to involve them in the work of Sex Slaves. The women who are forced into this business are exploited by many people physically, sexually and emotionally. Mostly, the victims are threatened by the people by threatening them about the ill effects, if they open their mouth in front of anyone. Sometimes, they are also deprived of even food, which is a most important thing for a human being to survive, they suffer from serious mental trauma, even STD’s, they fear trust, think of committing suicide. The worst thing, the society does not accept her, as if she has done anything wrong. There are still lack of those guys who have the guts to accept a trafficked woman and give her the respect and dignity she deserves. She is left all alone and thanks to the slow judicial process, she is made to see the face of the culprit on every date and made remember the things which she does not want to remember. She is not let to forget her incident and move forward even if she wants to. It is really difficult for anyone to understand her pain, but we need to. We need to support such kind of girls and motivate them to move forward in life. It is a fact that more than 80% of women are trafficked for sexual exploitation. And the rest for either domestic work or bonded labour. The condition in which they are kept are really pathetic. The exact number is still not available of trafficked children or women. West Bengal tops the list of the number of cases of Human Trafficking (according to a report published in the newspaper). Every year on the Human Rights Day, Political Parties are seen debating on Television and blaming each other responsible for the current situation and developing their vote banks. But from the very next day, things get back to normal, no candle march, no protest in the name of injustice. Not even any kind of solution comes out after these kind of Debates. Everyone is back to the daily routine of their life. I ask why this is kept reserved for only one day. And what we do is that, we just sit before the Television and watch the debate, discuss it for a hour or few and go back to bed and sleep. This is all we actually do. Some of them will post an emotional photo or a post on the social with, feeling emotional, feeling angry status update and it will get thousand of likes, comments and shares. Everyone will support on the social, everyone will be concerned, but if asked about the solution, either they will be silent, or they will say, what will happen even if we give a solution. Nothing will change in our country. We actually cannot deny them and convince them that the things will definitely change one day or the other, because what I strongly feel is that, sensitive issues like this or any other situation will not change unless and until we keep on politicizing each and every small issue. This curse will not end, unless and until laws are strongly implemented and there is a faster delivery of Justice in these kind of cases. Fast Track Courts need to be set up for these kind of cases and they should work properly. And to the above left discussion, what we can do as a normal Human Being is that, at least we can support the victim by not letting her give up, giving her emotional support and if we know about any of wrong practice done in our locality, we should take it as our moral duty to report about it to the Police Station. We need to get out this attitude of “Hamein Kya”. We need to join hands in order to stop this curse. Not only for just one day, but for every day. I agree things will not change in one day, but it will definitely change some day. She is also a human. She is not a commodity that can be sold for money. It is also required for a victim not to lose hope and do not give up at any cost, because this silence will only give rise to the accused to play with the life of any other girl. The victims can be given a job opportunity so that she is able to earn and live her life independently and with full respect and dignity which she actually deserves as a human.