Supreme Court orders national panel probe into trafficking in children

Posted on August 8, 2010

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to conduct an enquiry into allegations of trafficking in children from Manipur and Assam to Tamil Nadu on the promise of giving them good education and health care.

A three-judge Bench comprising Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice B. S. Chauhan asked the Commission to complete the probe in four weeks and submit a report and posted the matter for further hearing in May.

The CJI said, “There was need for some investigation as children belonging to the poor families from north-eastern regions were lured by some illegal organisations on the pretext of providing better education.

It also appears that in the name of providing better education, some organisations must be getting foreign aid. Initially, they admit children and on that basis receive huge grant and invest some part of it on the children.”

The Bench was hearing a petition relating to illegal trafficking in 76 children from Assam and Manipur. The court after taking on record an affidavit filed by the Tamil Nadu government asked the State to furnish the names of the children who were rescued from the orphanage.

J. Venkatesan

Date:01/04/2010 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2010/04/01/stories/2010040151660400.htm

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