Six months after they refused to acknowledge their existence, the Delhi Police, subsequent to severe rebuke at the hands of the Delhi High Court recently, have decided to crack down on the insidious, national network of human-trafficking gangs that operate in the capital or use it as a transit point.
"Anti-trafficking units have been created in each of our eleven districts, with the Crime Branch acting as the nodal agency. An ACP will be in charge of the District Investigation Unit (DIU) from the area and will represent his/her respective district at a monthly meeting," said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).
The step is in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs' new scheme, dubbed the 'Comprehensive Scheme for Coordinating the National and International Response to Human Trafficking', which aims at strengthening law enforcement response for dealing with offences of human trafficking.
As per Delhi Police records, as many as 8051 children have been reported missing between January 1 and May 5, this year.
"In effect, the Crime Branch will become a repository of data relating to all such cases. The database will be of immense value to us," Chand said.
"This is a very positive step but our only concern is that its provisions should be effectively implemented," said Ranjana Kumari, director of NGO CSR.