‘Human trafficking a crime against humanity’

Shillong, August 11: Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya, Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir today said that human trafficking is a crime against humanity and is the third largest organized crime across the globe.

Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir said this at the inauguration of a one day Judicial Colloquium on Anti-Human Trafficking, which was organised by the Meghalaya State Judicial Academy here today in the Conference Hall, High Court of Meghalaya.

Addressing the Judicial Officers, Police Officers, State Government Officials, State/District Nodal Officers Anti-Human Trafficking, Lawyers, State NGOs etc, the Chief Justice said that “Human trafficking is not only a serious crime but it is a serious human exploitation and that millions of victims of human trafficking are from Asia”, the Chief Justice informed. Catastrophe will occur if human trafficking is not stopped and we need to tackle it collectively and together we need to discharge our constitutional obligations to curb this menace, he added.

Judge, High Court of Meghalaya, Justice S. R. Sen was also present at the inaugural function.

Judicial Colloquium on Anti-Human Trafficking are being held throughout the country to sensitize Magistrates and judges as to how women and children experience the process of law relating to trafficking, to enable Magistrates and judges to take proactive decisions and exercise discretion as provided under the law that will be most beneficial and just to the victim and most stringent to the trafficker and to focus on procedures for speedier disposal of trafficking cases and taking stringent punitive action against traffickers.

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