The lack of awareness among the police and the judiciary often stand in the way of implementation of laws, says P.M. Nair, who was nodal officer for Anti-Human Trafficking, NHRC.
“The police need to be trained and professionally empowered to improve their handling of cases of human trafficking,” says P.M. Nair, former Director General of Police, National Disaster Response Force.
“The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act was greatly amended in 1986. When we conducted a survey in 2004, we found that only 6.6 per cent of police officers had some exposure to the anti-trafficking law. If the police are not trained, where does the fault lie?” says Mr. Nair, who was also the nodal officer for Anti-Human Trafficking, National Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Nair has been working to counter human trafficking operations in his more than three-decade-long service in law enforcement and afterwards. He is in the city to take part in the national consultation meeting on ‘Anti-trafficking strategies and roadmap to address the issues’ organised by the Human Rights Law Network, Kerala, and supported by the U.S. Consulate, Chennai.
The lack of awareness among the police and the judiciary often stand in the way of implementation of laws. For example, it is mandatory that the police immediately take a victim of sexual abuse for medical examination when he or she reports the crime. “But I have seen that not every police officer is aware of this,” says Mr. Nair. A training programme conducted by the NHRC in five States showed tremendous improvement in the attitude of the police, he says.
Source: The Hindu