Smriti Irani, Union Women and Child Development Minister, said that the government is working on the “most stringent laws” against trafficking of women and children. While speaking at the third Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit on the Fair Share for Children, she addressed the issue of passing anti-trafficking laws.

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Irani was at the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi organises The Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit for ensuring child rights. Irani, while addressing a session on “The impact of COVID-19: Economic Exploitation of Children and the Role of Global Supply Chains” said, “We in the Ministry of Women and Child Development are currently undertaking an exercise. It is to present to parliament the most stringent law possible on trafficking of women and children.”

In November last year, Smriti Irani announced that anti-human trafficking units would be established in all districts. In addition to this, women help desks would be set up in police stations across the country. Both these initiatives were to be undertaken using the Nirbhaya Fund, Irani had said. The fund was announced by the Centre in 2013. This was after December 16, 2012 gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in Delhi.

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Laws are being passed against child pornography: Irani

The women and child development minister further elaborated on the steps that were being undertaken by the government before the pandemic regarding the protection of children from sexual assault and penalising those who indulge in child pornography, the Times of India reported.

“We have sanctioned anti-trafficking units across each district so that women and children in our country are better protected. In the past six years, we have set up in every district of the country one-stop crisis centres. These can be used by women and children, especially the civil society leaders. Those leaders who want to become a link between support mechanisms and the children at large,” she said at the summit.

Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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