Kailash Satyarthi hails Union Cabinet's approval of draft bill on human trafficking

New Delhi: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Wednesday hailed the Union Cabinet's approval of a draft bill on human trafficking, saying it will help eradicate this "modern day slavery".

File image of Kailash Satyarthi. Reuters

File image of Kailash Satyarthi. Reuters

The government okayed the draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, which proposes that NIA probe cases of human trafficking.

It also proposes a punishment of 10 years in jail to life term for trafficking human for the purpose of begging, marriage and injecting hormones for early sexual maturity, among other cases.

"I thank the government of India for their leadership. It is a victory of the 1.2 million people who participated in the 11,000 km-long 'Bharat Yatra' for this. This bill will help eradicate this modern day slavery," he was quoted as saying in a statement.

"Intrastate trafficking of children is a rapidly growing organised crime. A strong anti-trafficking law in India will send a powerful message," he said.

The Bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament in the second leg of the Budget session starting 5 March.

Published Date: Mar 01, 2018 09:26 AM | Updated Date: Mar 01, 2018 09:26 AM