Meghalaya: Judicial colloquium on combating human trafficking held

Newmai News Network

Shillong | November 30


A one day judicial colloquium on the role of law enforcement in combating enforcement in combating human trafficking was held at the Yojana Bhavan auditorium in Shillong on November 30.


Organised by the Meghalaya State Judicial Academy in collaboration with the International Justice Mission (IJM) and supported by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the objective of the colloquium is to strengthen the technical capacities of law enforcement agencies and judicial officers towards prosecution of crimes of human trafficking, sharing information and promoting best practices and to evolve mutually acceptable strategies in ensuring expeditious disposal of human trafficking crimes and protection of the rights of victims.


The inaugural programme was attended by Justice HS Thangkhiew and Justice Wanlura Diengdoh, Judges of the Meghalaya High Court.


Justice Thangkhiew said that human trafficking is confined not only to women but also to men and children. He added that as responsible citizens of the society, the people have a social responsibility and have an important role to play in tackling human trafficking crimes.


He said that colloquium such as this offers a platform for discussing, sharing and exchanging ideas amongst all the stakeholders to come up with concrete solution to curb this menace.


Justice Diengdoh in his address said that human trafficking is an age old problem and it happens not only in the international borders but across the nations. He hoped that through this colloquium, resource persons will deliberate on the measures to prevent and protect innocent children and people who are caught up in human trafficking.


A short video on bonded labour and sex trafficking was screened during the programme.


A technical session was also held wherein the resource persons that included Saptarshi Biswas, Director, Legal, IJM, Kolkata and Rosanna Lyngdoh, IMPULSE NGO Network deliberated on the topics, “The role of law enforcement in combating human trafficking” and “Combating human trafficking through IMPULSE model” respectively.