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Traceless Children, Victim of Human Trafficking?

Shakti Vahini
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Special Correspondent

Silchar: Two kids, Sourav Das (11) and his sister Supriya Das (5), offspring of Sunadhan Das, residents of Tapoban Nagar, Satsang Ashram Road of this town, have gone missing since June 9 last under mysterious circumstances and are still traceless, raising many intriguing questions. Have human traffickers become active in Barak Valley also? Such a possibility can’t be ruled out as the traffickers are well organized with all India network who make children their target for sex and labor trade. Though Assam government has created and put into operation anti-human trafficking units for gathering intelligence and follow up cases for combating child trafficking, the State,  according to National Bureau of Crime was on top in 2018 in all India rank based on child trafficking.

Upset and puzzled, the parents of the two children have sought the help of NGO Children Protection and Welfare Society of Cachar (CPWSC) for their rescue. Since then, the NGO has been moving the district and the police administration to trace them out. Besides staging dharna before the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, the NGO has submitted memorandum  to the DC and SP of the district, but to no avail.

Missing entryhas been registered with Silchar police station vide case no. 2015/2019 and repeated attempts to draw the attention of both the district and police administration to rescue the children have all fallen on deaf years. The NGO and the parents are still in the dark if any proactive action has been initiated and the progress so far made in this direction. It is more than two and half months that Sourav and Supriya remain traceless.

The memorandum submitted by the NGO to  Deputy Commissioner of Cachar on Tuesday has appealed to her to exert her influence on police administration so that the children are located, rescued and restored to their parents who are in great mental anxiety and spending sleepless nights. The NGO has also raised the question, how safe are children in the valley? And what about the much hyped anti trafficking units of the State government? Can there be no coordinated efforts of the agency with Cachar police to find out the children?

The NGO rues since the children come from poor and backward community,  the so called cultured and educated sections of society have preferred to be silent. CPWSC has in a statement signed by president Subir  Chandra Das and general secretary Sujit Das Choudhury cautioned the administration if a time bound action plan is not mooted to find out the missing brother and sister, the Kaibarta samaj will take to the streets in thousands and go for phase wise agitation. They might be forced to call shut down of Barak Valley. The CPWSC has still faith in the administration that it will act decisively to rescue the children who went missing from home.

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