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November 25, 2019

Girl trafficking down in Bangla, thanks to Kanyashree

Girl trafficking down in Bangla, thanks to Kanyashree

Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Minister Dr Shashi Panja emphasised on prevention of child trafficking as International Child Rights Week concluded on November 20.

“We have to focus on the prevention of child trafficking,” she said, on the sidelines of closing ceremony International Child Rights Week at Mohor Kunja.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau report, Bangla recorded 4,168 cases of girl trafficking in 2012. The next five years saw this figure sliding to 299 in 2017. During that period the number of Kanyashree applicants shot up to 28.1 lakh from zero (Kanyashree was launched in 2013).

The Kanyashree scheme has already enrolled more than 6 million adolescent girls, with the state government transferring a sanctioned some of money directly to the beneficiaries’ bank account. A separate AHTU (Anti Human Trafficking Unit), of which the nodal unit is CID, was also set up in 2014.