Child trafficking continues unchecked as authorities look the other way: Official

Child trafficking continues unchecked as authorities look the other way: Official

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-06-13 17:10 Mysuru: Child trafficking, especially involving girls, has thrived in spite of the presence of anti-trafficking squads, said Divakar, Deputy Director of Mandya Women and Child Welfare Department.“Authorities are aware of the corridors used to traffic children and their international links. There are three major corridors in Karnataka. But they are unable to stop it,” Divakar said during a talk organised to discuss the proposed child rights policy to be introduced by the state government.“Most girl children are supplied to Arab countries,” said the official. “Some are forced into flesh trade while others are sold to foreign countries for various purposes such as organ selling, massage parlours, domestic work, begging etc.”The official also pointed out the paradox in Indian society, where women goddesses are worshipped but women are ill-treated. Divakar said the male-female ratio had been steadily tilting in favour of boys, which was a result of the society’s obsession with the male child.“According to the 1901 gender survey conducted by the British government, there were 1035 women against 1000 men. It decreased to 948 women against 1000 men during 2011 survey,” he said, adding that in the 6-14 age-group the ratio stood at 930 women for 1000 men, while it was 904 women to 1000 men in the 15-18 age-group.He also expressed alarm at the high number of cases of child marriage being reported in northern Karnataka region and lamented that even the elite of India were prejudiced towards women.