As Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi spent a busy Saturday meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and giving interviews to the media, his Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) was done celebrating and was back on the job, in hot pursuit of a big-time child trafficker from Jharkhand.
They’d already put off the planned raid by a day — having joined the 60-year-old in celebrating his joint Nobel with Pakistani teen and fellow child rights champion Malala Yousafzai — and couldn’t wait any more. On Saturday, they got in touch with the Delhi Police crime branch to make arrangements for the raid.
Activists hope Nobel win will help put focus on child rights
HT is withholding the name of the trafficker and other related details to ensure the raid isn’t hampered in any way.
Activists with BBA believe taking him down will lead to more arrests, and to more minors being rescued. “The celebrations will continue but we can’t forget our basic work for which we have got the Nobel.
This arrest might end up exposing a big racket and we are assisting the police to arrest him at the earliest,” said one activist.
The trafficking racket in Delhi is a steadily growing menace with victims — mostly minors and women — brought in from states like Jharkhand and West Bengal. Once in the city, they are pushed into child labour, illegal domestic work or prostitution by unscrupulous placement agencies.
“This particular trafficker is wanted in several cases of child trafficking,” a police officer said, adding that they got to know of him after the recent arrest of a former Jharkhand minister under the arms act. “The ex-minister was apparently hiding in his house and there is a possibility that traffickers are linked to a number of politicians,” the officer said.
Other officers revealed the trafficker and his wife, who run an illegal placement agency in west Delhi, brought in minors on the pretext of getting them jobs and education. The couple’s name figured in a list provided by the Jharkhand CID last year of 240 illegal agents suspected of trafficking young girls from the state.
Sources said BBA had provided details of possible hideouts to the police, and would assist in the raid along with members of another NGO, Shakti Vahini.
“Met Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi ji & congratulated him,” Modi tweeted after the meeting. The BBA founder also received a call earlier in the day from BJP patriarch LK Advani.