NOW, RELIGIOUS leaders would be involved in creating awareness among people about important issues like human trafficking and HIV prevention. The UNDP’s is negotiating with religious leaders of various communities in the State to participate in this act of social awakening.
A meeting was held in Lucknow on Tuesday in which representatives of various districts attended and shared their views.
A representative from Allahabad Alok Verma said that they had discussed the issues with religious leaders of Hindu, Muslim, Jain and Christian communities to incorporate the message of HIV prevention in their discourses. A few of them agreed to conduct a ‘Sarv Dharma Sabha’ in Allahabad during the Ardh Kumbha Mela to disseminate the message. He said that steps were also taken to sensitize the police and employees of railways and transport to identify human trafficking. The initial work for every district would be to identify the vulnerable communities for HIV and trafficking and enroll them into a networking process through awareness and sensitisation.
Gaurav Pandey, a representative from Lucknow said that they had been conducting programmes in the city schools to prepare a ‘Student Response Group on HIV and trafficking’. They also met hoteliers and leaders of auto-rickshaw unions on these issues. The Bahraich representative said that a District Anti-Trafficking Cell had been constituted in the State but were not operational.