DGP, Shri Bhupinder Singh, today launched Mukti Caravan – an awareness campaign
of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) against child trafficking in
Jaipur. KSCF and Rajasthan police have officially joined hands to run this two-month
long campaign to address the problem of trafficking of children and women.
on the launch, Shri. Dhananjay Tingal, Executive Director Bachpan Bachao
Andolan (BBA), said, “We congratulate the Rajasthan police for the successful
rescue of 137 children from Surat last month. We appreciate the partnership
with Rajasthan police and Anti Human Trafficking Unit, Rajasthan, to work
towards ending child trafficking in the state. The latest NCRB report says that
Rajasthan was on sixth position in the country in 2018 in case of victims of
trafficking being reported.” This partnership will also work towards making
Rajasthan a child-friendly state.
Mukti Caravan will reach out to districts including Tonk, Bhilwara, Udaipur,
Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh and Banswara which are prone to human
trafficking. It will focus on generating awareness on preventive procedures in
place to combat trafficking”, Shri Tingal added. This Mukti Caravan will be led
by Mukesh, a former child labourer, who was rehabilitated at Bal Ashram in
Viratnagar, near Jaipur.
many others who continue to languish in the captivity of traffickers, I was
lucky enough to be rescued by BBA activists. I grew up at Bal Ashram and learned
to live an independent life. It’s an honour for me to lead this anti-human
trafficking campaign in the state. I would be spreading awareness about the
menace of trafficking and child labour during the campaign,” said Mukesh.
During the campaign, BBA will share with the public a helpline number
1800-102-7222 for quick action on instances of trafficking.
by child labour survivors, Mukti Caravan will act as an instrument of mass
mobilisation against trafficking. As a part of this campaign, these young
representatives will generate awareness by distributing pamphlets and holding
discussions on the issue of child trafficking for forced labour, in public
places like railway stations, bus stations and others. Activities like skits,
poem recitation and screening of short films will be organised as appeals to
take preventive action against trafficking.
“The Caravan will reach out to villages and towns prone to human trafficking,” Shri Tingal said, adding that KSCF appeals to the people to file complaints against child trafficking with the police and the foundation, using the helpline number. He urged the media to bring to light cases of trafficking in the state and help rehabilitate the children.
district Anti-human Trafficking Units (AHTU) will accompany the KSCF activists
in the Caravan to spread awareness about issues concerning the menace. The
superintendents of police of the eight concerned districts will join the
caravan as it travels in their jurisdiction. KSCF activists will engage with
policemen and sensitise them about dealing with crimes against children as well
as on issues concerning children in conflict with law. BBA has been working
with Rajasthan police since 2015.
year, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot
and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot emphasising upon strengthening AHTUs in
the state to curb trafficking. Mr. Satyarthi has also extended support to the
state government for combatting child marriages.
Caravan has been deployed as an instrument of mass mobilisation and awareness
since 1997 to sensitise people on the issue of child trafficking and child
labour in India.