Concerned at the way police gun for the victims of human trafficking, sex workers, the Ministry of Home Affairs has told states to book pimps, brothel-owners and men who pay for sex.
In two advisories — that aim to lay down norms for the states to improve handling cases of human trafficking — the ministry has pulled up states for the way they handle violence against women and told them to take steps to end “honour killings”.
“The Centre and the states are going to intensify steps against human trafficking and crime against women,” Ajay Maken, Minister of State for Home Affairs, said on Saturday.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had already ordered strengthening the anti-trafficking cell at MHA.
“Despite several steps being taken ... the picture is still very grim ... Complaints are still being received regarding non-registration of FIRs and unsympathetic attitude of police ... towards rape victims and victims of violence,” a MHA advisory to the states said.