Child Trafficking Cases Increased In Assam: Commission For Protection Of Child Rights

A total of 125 cases of different crimes against children have been registered with the commission so far in 2019: Sunita Changkakati

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Assam Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) on November 12th, 2019, said that the cases of child trafficking has increased across the state.

A total of 17 cases of child trafficking cases have been registered with the organisation so far this year, chairperson of the commission said. A report published by the commission stated that 11 cases of child trafficking were registered with the organisation in 2018 while six in 2016 and 9 in 2016.

A total of 125 cases of different crimes against children have been registered with the commission so far this year. According to the report, 13 child rights violation cases, 5 child labour cases, 43 child sexual abuse cases, five child marriage cases, 24 cases of child in need of care and protection and 13 cases of RTE violation were registered till November 10th, 2019.

During a telephonic conversation with Time8, ASCPCR Chairperson Sunita Changkakati said, “It cannot be said in a single line that there is a rise or decline in the cases of crimes against children. Yes, it can be said that now people come to commission and lodge complaints. Hence, the matter came to notice. Earlier, people were not aware.”

It needs to be mentioned that 146 cases were registered with the commission in 2018 while 98 in 2017 and 72 in 2016.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, which was released on October 21st, 2019, stated that as many as 4951 out of 1,29,032 cases of crime against children were registered in Assam while just 93 cases were registered in Nagaland in 2017.

Assam shared 3.8 per cent of the total cases registered in the country while Nagaland shared just 0.1 per cent. Among the other Northeastern states, a total of 276 cases were registered in Tripura (0.2 per cent national share) followed by Mizoram with 220 cases (0.2 per cent), Sikkim with 190 cases (0.1 per cent), Arunachal Pradesh with 138 (0.1 per cent) and Manipur with 109 cases (0.1 per cent).

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