Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday directed the police officials to launch a crackdown and arrest middlemen and placement agents involved in trafficking young girls and children from Jharkhand to other states.
Das told the officials during the grievance redressal programme Jan Samwaad where a girl from Gumla district related her ordeal at the hands of placement agents and sought justice. She was promised a job in Delhi by three placement agents and was later sold there.
The victim said her parents did not have enough means to bring up their four children. “I thought if I get the job, I would be able to support the family financially and agreed to go to Delhi,” she said.
However, she wasn’t paid a single penny while she was forced to work as domestic help in Delhi for one year. “I was abused and beaten up by my employers,” she said.
Jharkhand is home to an ugly network of human traffickers and illegal placement agents who lure poor, innocent residents with the promise of jobs from remote places in the state and send them to states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Activists say that around 10,000 children are trafficked from Jharkhand every year to other parts of the country.
The Gumla superintendent of police told CM that an FIR had been lodged in the case three months ago and the investigation was on.
Das said: “We have to weed out middlemen and placement agents from the state, who are responsible for trafficking our daughters from remote villages and selling them off in big cities.” said the CM. He also asked the girl to meet the SP and assured that she will be given employment by the government.
He further directed the deputy commissioner (DC) of Gumla to invite applications through newspaper advertisement for people seeking jobs and link them with employment opportunities so that children do not fall prey to trafficking.
In another case, Gopikrishna Verma from Giridih complained that the timing of a government middle school in Harodih village was from 10 am to 1 pm instead of 8 am to 2 pm.
The CM also told all the DCs to put up photographs and Aadhar details of all the teachers in their respective schools. He said this would help the students to identify their teachers as many government teachers hire someone else to take classes on their behalf.