Bengal scheme to combat human trafficking

In an attempt to combat human trafficking, the West Bengal government has rolled out a scheme, Swayangsiddha, in different districts of the State. Swayangsiddha, which means self-reliance, will be executed by the West Bengal Police. The scheme aims to empower young boys and girls to make informed choices so that they are less vulnerable to trafficking and child marriage.

As the per the NCRB data West Bengal has the highest recorded case of trafficking among the States.

Highlights of the scheme:

Swayangsiddha, which means self-reliance, will be executed by the West Bengal Police.

The scheme aims to empower young boys and girls to make informed choices so that they are less vulnerable to trafficking and child marriage.

Swayangsiddha Groups have been formed in schools and colleges with interested students. These groups were formed with students between the age group of 12 to 21 years.

Raising awareness on human, gender and child rights and strengthening prevention of human trafficking and child marriage using a converging approach.

Engaging youth from different schools and colleges to combat human trafficking and child marriage.

Strengthening response mechanism in collaboration with Police and child protection committees to build a safe community.

Strengthening access to schemes and entitlements on education, training, livelihood and food security for vulnerable groups.

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