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Hills Scholar Exposes Indo-Nepal Human Trafficking

  • Cross Border Human Trafficking is by Dr Romana Lepcha
    Cross Border Human Trafficking is by Dr Romana Lepcha

Darjeeling — "Human trafficking is one of the biggest criminal enterprises in the world along with drugs and arms trade," says a scholar from Darjeeling. 

The International Labour Organization’s recent report identifies three kinds of human trafficking, including forced labour, forced sexual exploitation, and state imposed forced labour.  

The report further explains, "Human trafficking involves the exploitation of a person typically through force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of forced labour, involuntary servitude or commercial sex.” 

“Human trafficking can take a number of forms,” says the author.  

“Desperate people might go into debt to smugglers who place them in jobs. Their only option is to work off that debt on terms dictated by their employer. They might be sold by their parents and have no money to get back home. Or they might be tricked into prostitution and find themselves living in the shadows of an illicit enterprise,” states the author. 

The 252 page New Delhi based Mittal Publication book Cross Border Human Trafficking is by Dr Romana Lepcha, Head of the Department of Political Science at Salesian College Sonada, Darjeeling. 

The author tries to explore major socio-legal aspects of human trafficking in India and Nepal. She also critically examines the nature and role of existing (outdated) laws of both the countries and looks into the reasons behind the failure of legal institutions and mechanisms to prevent human trafficking in the region. 

The author does not hesitate to point out the problems which are hindering the implementation of the existing laws against human trafficking, at the same time suggests some new measures to strengthen legal frameworks and institutions to address trafficking between source country Nepal and transit and destination region India. The author insists that both countries should implement international laws related to human trafficking, especially The UN Trafficking Protocol, in its legislation.

The book has four core chapters besides introduction and conclusion. 

The introductory chapter gives a brief overview of legal framework along wth trends and patterns of human trafficking in India and neighbouring Nepal.

The second chapter discusses the concepts and definitions of human trafficking by analyzing important international existing legal regimes and institutions of human trafficking and its related crimes.

The third chapter presents the overview of important laws, acts and legal regimes and institutions and its impact to control human trafficking in the region.

The fourth chapter provides critical examination of the legal issues of human trafficking between the countries by finding various gaps and limitations of existing laws and legal framework.

The fifth chapter focuses on the issues of restructuring institutions and reforming legal frameworks of both India and Nepal that deals with human trafficking and other related crimes.

In the concluding section, the author laments the fact that the region still does not comply with international standards of protocol and legislation in preventing human trafficking.

The author also provides some 30 page appendix on Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (2000), and 22 page Bibliography, and 10 pages of subject index.

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Former HoD, Dept of Mass Communications at Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, C.M. Paul was editor of The Herald weekly in Kolkata and director of Don Bosco International News Agency (ANS) based in Rome. He has MA degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from FORDHAM University, New York.

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An illustrated talk and seminar on Srimanta Sankaradeva at London‏

11 Jul 2012 - 5:10am | Rini Kakati

Sankaradeva inspired an artistic and cultural Renaissance in the state of Assam. As a religious leader and social reformer Sankaradeva deserve to be mentioned with Sankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Guru Nanak and Tulsi Das.

Assam is a part of India which in somewhere is little know even in India itself because of its remote location. More importantly the relative neglect absence of Sankaradeva in the history of the Neo-Vaishnavite movement in India, has long been a gap in knowledge waiting recognition.

It is highly imperative that this great saint receives world attention. And also imperative that the life and philosophy and artistic creations of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva and the exposure of the Assam's cultural tradition and heritage at the international level is the need of the hour.

Richard Blurton showing a power point presentation on "Vrindavani Vastra" kept at British Museum.

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The prominent speakers were Jitendra Kumar, First Secretary, Indian High Commission, Richard Blurton, Head of the South Asian Section in the Department of Asia, British Museum. Dr Nicholas Sutton, Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford. Dr Audrey Cantlie, author of of the book "The Assamese" and Reader Emeritus in Anthropology at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). Sharodi Saikia, Director of Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati (The Premier Cultural Institution of Assam) & Renowned Sattriya dancer from Assam. Jayanta Pathak, the composer musician of "Dokho Avatar".

The initative has been taken by Rini Kakati, NRI Co-ordinator for UK . The dignitaries were felicitated with Assamese traditional way with phulam gamosha.

Jitendra Kumar, First Secretary, Indian High Commission, in his inaugurating speech said "the name Sankaradeva is the history of Assam and the pulse of the Assamese nation". And he is honoured for this invitation.

Dr Nicholas Sutton and Rini Kakati

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Sharodi Saikia giving a lecture demonstration through laptop on Sattras and Sattriya culture of Assam

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From the left: Sharodi Saikia, Richard Blurton, Jayanta Pathak, Rini Kakati & Dr.Nicholas Sutton

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Through these documentations, the remarkable works of Srimanta Sankaradeva and the rich cultural heritage of the Sattras of Assam has been taken a positive step to get the attention of the outside world.

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