New Delhi: In a bid to curb human trafficking, the government is set to introduce a law, proposing stringent punishment for those engaging in the heinous crime.
According to Times Now the law will propose a life imprisonment for repeat offenders and a minimum of 7 years in jail, extendable up to 10 years for those involved in “aggravated forms of trafficking”.
“Whoever commits the offence of an aggravated form of trafficking of a person shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 10 years, but which may extend to life imprisonment and shall be liable to fine that shall not be less than Rs 1 lakh,” proposes the bill.
Repeat offenders shall remain in “imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life” and a fine that will not be less than Rs 2 lakh, the bill further proposes.
Initiated by the Women and Child Development Ministry, the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2017 is currently with a Group of Ministers (GoM), The Times of India mentioned official sources as saying.
As per the daily, the bill puts forward a proposal to establish a national anti-trafficking bureau and appoint state-level anti-trafficking officers.
The bill also seeks the formation of a committee which will ensure that measures towards relief and rehabilitation for the victims of trafficking are fulfilled.
There are about 17 million victims of human trafficking in India and 40.3 million globally, according to an activist working in the field.
“The figures reveal that almost half of the global victims of trafficking are in India,” said Vanessa Bouche, a researcher and expert working in the field of human trafficking, had said in October.
“Human trafficking is most prevalent in states like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Assam and their destinations are large cities. These trafficking is mostly for the purpose of domestic servitude.”
“Similarly, sex trafficking and for the purpose of marriage because of distorted sex ratio especially in northern India too are common in India,” she had said.