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ASSAM RIFLES HOLDS WORKSHOP ON ANTI HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND CHILD PROTECTION

Moreh Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) in collaboration with FXB India Suraksha, a Delhi based NGO, organized a two day workshop on ‘Anti Human Trafficking and Child Protection Systems’ for the personnel of Border Guarding units of Assam Rifles at Moreh on 24th and 25th June 2019. The workshop was conducted as part of the project ‘Mukti’ – an anti-trafficking initiative to combat human trafficking and child sexual abuse in Manipur. 

The two-day training workshop was attended by around 80 personnel of Assam Rifles.  The main objective of the programme was to train the officials of the Paramilitary force on strengthening vigilance as well as intervention mechanisms on combating human trafficking in Manipur. 

Assam Rifles is entrusted with the role of guarding and protecting citizens living in remote areas and especially borders. Realizing the importance of the issue of human trafficking and child protection in such a vulnerable state due to its geopolitical location and sharing borders with Myanmar, a trained force on handling cases of trafficking and child protection is need of the hour. 

Mr Satya Prakash, Programme Manager, FXBIS, Mr Sunil Meitei, Project Officer (Imphal) Project Mukti and Mr Wungreiso A. Sangh  Project Officer (Ukhrul) Project Mukti were the resource persons for the two-day training workshop. The workshop started with a pre-training test to assess the knowledge base of the personnel and concluded with a post-training test to assess the knowledge gained on human trafficking and child protection mechanisms. 

During the two day programme, the personnel were trained on the concepts of human trafficking and how it is different from ‘Migration’ and ‘Smuggling of Migrants’ and were explained about the modus operandi of traffickers and how the grave issue is organized crime with the involvement of multiple persons in the entire process.  The officials were explained about the vulnerability of Manipur state and the role Assam Rifles has to play in combating the third largest crime in the world. Identification of victims and the procedures for handling cases were taught to the participants. Different Section of the Indian Penal Code, Acts such as Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1986 etc were also discussed.  

   To make the training interesting and impactful a group activity was also conducted with the participants where they were asked about the process-flow while handling cases of human trafficking.  Various suggestions and recommendations were received during the session. Some of the officials present there were also involved during the recent case of the rescue of 179 Nepalese citizens from Moreh and Imphal and hence many examples could be drawn from that intervention. 

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