West Bengal, Maharashtra sign agreement to help victims of trafficking
The governments of West Bengal and Maharashtra have inked an MoU to facilitate identification and repatriation of women and children who are victims of human trafficking.
The governments signed pact to follow a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to establish identities of those rescued. It has been seen in most cases that when the Maharashtra Police rescue some women or children and find that they are Bengali-speaking, they send them to the State without establishing their identity or following any procedures. Since the identities of those rescued are not ascertained sometimes, rescue homes in the State are flooded with women and girls from Bangladesh. It has also been observed that many a time police from other States brings the victims to the shelters without informing the State government. The MoU will ensure that a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is followed to establish identities of those rescued. Maharashtra will repatriate the women directly to Bangladesh once the place they are from is confirmed.