August 14, 2015
WB CM’s pet project Kanyashree – A tool to curb girl trafficking
Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee’s dreamproject Kanyashree has played a crucial role in curbing crimes like trafficking of women and children and child-marriage, the joint secretary ofthe women and child development and social welfare department, Sharmistha Das,said.
Using Kanyashree as a weapon, the state government is now urging the police and non-government organizations to goahead to the micro level to generate awareness so that such crimes are minimised in the state.
In a special training programme for police personnel jointly organized by the district police, district legal services authority(DLSA) and an NGO, the joint secretary emphasised on the utility of Kanyashree.
The joint secretary, in her session on ‘Kanyashree project as tool for preventing child trafficking’ said, “West Bengal is home to 88.34 lakh teenager girls as per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). Most of these girls are vulnerable to child trafficking in theform of child marriage and other forms of coercion. Kanyasree project, aninitiative of the government of West Bengal, is an exclusive scheme to save thevulnerable girls.”
Sixty police personnel who attended the programme were explained on how to take action against trafficking of teenagers and prevent banes like child marriage.