In order to preven the trafficking of minor girls from the tea estates in north eastern India, ASSET partner Save the Children has been active in supporting the Govt. of India 's proposed a new and much upgraded Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 in India and has already introduced the same in Parliament. All our suggestions in the same have also been accepted.
The Bill would be a major step in the fight against trafficking as it outlaws and prohibits various kinds of trafficking and exploitative situations for which children are being trafficked. These include provisions on :
1. Child marriage - by including a child vulnerable to being married as a child in need of care and protection.
2. Detailing adoption processes and prohibiting illegal adoptions with strict penalties.
3. Prohibiting the operation of Children's homes running without mandatory Govt. registration and licences. As you might be aware, child trafficking for illegal homes (from where children are sent or put in various kinds of exploitative situations) is a big issue currently in India.
4. Increasing punishment for employing a child bonded labourer and making it a non bailable offence.
5. Including a specific provision prohibiting the use of children in armed conflict or organised gangs.
6. Prohibiting the use of any child in vending or peddling or liquor or any other narcotic substance.
When passed (possibly in Dec., 2014), this Bill is expected to fill in the existing gaps in the policy domain and give a lot of impetus to the fight against trafficking in India.
Attched documents provide good news about progress with ethe education of children of ex Devadasis.