Dispur: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Friday said that in addition to drugs and cattle trafficking, the Assam government would be relentless in its efforts to eradicate human trafficking from the state.
Interacting with and spending time with 40 children and two adults in Guwahati on Friday, who were rescued from Sikkim, Sarma said, “We cannot tolerate childhood- the most promising period of one’s life, being snatched away. We cannot even allow exploitation of children either. After interacting with the innocent minds, I strongly felt that the children were denied of their rights and subjected to shabby treatment”.
He stated that the Assam government would create a state policy for rehabilitation of the children who are trafficked and rescued in order to safeguard their future.
“The rehabilitation policy will essentially address children’s emotional concerns in order to safeguard their childhood so that, with the proper education, they can grow into good and resourceful citizens in the near future.” He stated.
It should be recalled that Assam police traced out 42 victims in Sikkim after receiving information that 80 children from four villages along the Indo-Bhutan border had been trafficked to the outside.
They were rescued from Sikkim with the help of the Sikkim Police and brought back to Assam. The government is going to handover the children to their parents and upon taking their permission, some of the children would be sent to residential schools. The government would also seek the recommendations of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in this regard.
Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that he would visit the villages of the rescued children along the Indo-Bhutan border and talk to their parents in his bid to understand the malice to redress the problem permanently.
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