NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK
W.P. 7148 (W) of 2009, judgment delivered on 15th September 2011 by Kolkata High Court.
The Kolkata High Court herein observed that, “there is a flourishing trade of trafficking in women in the State, particularly from the area from where this victim hails and, generally, minor girls are lured away by persons known to the girl and find themselves in the western part of the country.”
The victim, of eighteen years of age, of trafficking racket herein had expressed her desire to stay with her elder sister and mother and had no complaints against them. She stated that she was aware of the persons who had enticed her away from home on the promise of a job and a good life; and she would be able to identify such persons. Therefore, the Court directed the CID to take immediate and expeditious steps to ensure that the law takes its desirable course and that the guilty are brought to book in accordance with law. The Court further observed that, “There is a lot that this victim has had to sacrifice and the least that the society can do for her is to ensure that those who caused her the misfortune be dealt with according to the law of the land.”
Further it ordered that the DIG, CID, would investigate into the matter and ascertain if the persons who lured this girl away were part of a chain operating in the area. Severest steps were required to be taken against the persons responsible and, if there was no cell to monitor the matters relating to trafficking in women in this State, also a high-powered cell was required to be established by the appropriate authorities to ensure that girl children of the State are not harassed or abused in the manner that the victim in this case had been.