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BANGLADESHI TRAFFICKED VICTIMS’ REPATRIATION CAN NOT BE STALLED


Gangavath Ekitha | Edited by Prabhat Bandhulya


BANGLADESHI TRAFFICKED VICTIMS’ REPATRIATION CAN NOT BE STALLED

The court has granted relief to trafficked victims. "Success in the trial would not be used to delay the victim lady's repatriation to her home country." And besides, she is a victim of the crime; although the accused are free, the victim is now in protective custody," Justice Jay Sengupta wrote in his order. The High Court thus overturned the earlier order issued by Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Bongaon, North 24 Parganas on March 19, 2021.

The Bangladeshi national was trafficked to India "for the purpose of trafficking in the flesh trade," as per the High Court's order earlier in the month. A woman was rescued, and a complaint was registered on December 9, 2017 under Sections 370,371, 120B, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, as well as Sections 3,4,5,7 of the Immoral Traffic Act. On December 10, 2017, the victim was transmitted to Liluah Home in Howrah for maximum security. And all the while, a statement of claim was lodged, but the investigating agency has been unable to detain the accused.

According to Nihar Ranjan Raptan, director of Goranbose Gram Bikash Kendra (GGBK), a group that focuses on rehabilitating trafficking survivors, an amount of Bangladeshi women are embedded in various State-run residences not just in West Bengal but also in other areas of the country. They also mentioned that these victims don’t want to stay and live such a life. They want to go back to their home.



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