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Half the districts in India affected by women trafficking: NCW PDF Print E-mail
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At least half the 612 districts in tIndia is affected by trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitationNew Delhi: At least half the 612 districts in the country are affected by trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation, according to a report. The report by the National Commission for Women (NCW) says that in 378 districts, there are 1,794 identified places of origin from where females are trafficked and 1,016 areas where commercial sexual activities take place.

The southern and eastern states are the most vulnerable as far as trafficking is concerned, with states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal having all their districts affected by the problem. Among other most affected states are -- Tamil Nadu (93.33 percent of all districts), Orissa (86.66 percent) and Bihar (86.48 percent).

The report further adds that 2.4 percent of the total female population in age group of 15-35 years in the country is engaged in the flesh trade. "The estimated number of commercial sex workers in India is about 28 lakh," it says.  In this, over 43 percent of the girls are minor at the time they enter the flesh trade.

"The entry of minors in flesh trade is comparatively high in regions where incidence of poverty and hunger are chronic. Reasons like violence against women, high unemployment and lack of options contribute to the vulnerability of trafficking of adults," the report says. The report says that gender discrimination and gender specific violence and crimes perpetuate the vulnerability of women and children and act as one of the reasons behind trafficking. The NCW says that the promise of a job is the biggest way of deception and accounts for over 50 percent of trafficking cases.

Presenting a gloomy picture, the report says that more than 22 percent women in flesh trade are trafficked and forced into it by family members."Around 8 percent (women) are trafficked by husbands or in-laws and 18 percent are lured by friends or neighbours. More than 51 percent women in commercial sex were trafficked either by family members or in-laws," it says.

But what is more disturbing is the conclusion that political backing ensures that 22 percent of traffickers are not prosecuted, the report claims.

 
Human rights activist wins US courage award PDF Print E-mail
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Mallika DuttIndian-American Human rights activist Mallika Dutt has won the American Courage Award for her human rights work in India and the United States. The 47-year-old activist, who grew up in Calcutta, will receive the award on October 1 from the Asian American Justice Center, a leading civil rights organisation in the country. “Its a huge honour getting an award from AAJC since they’re at the forefront of ensuring that the presence of the Asian-American community is not marginalised,” Ms. Mallika, who left for US at an age of 18, told PTI.

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Muslim women in Madhya Pradesh score high on literacy PDF Print E-mail
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The literacy percentage among Muslim women in Madhya Pradesh is much higher than their counterparts in north Indian states, according to the Madhya Pradesh Muslim Education Society (MPMES). Madhya Pradesh has topped the figure with 60.1 per cent literacy among the Muslim women which was much better than other States including Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Rajasthan as per the census of population 2001.

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Drought Causing India Farmers to Sell Wives PDF Print E-mail
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Drought in IndiaFaced with starvation and complete financial ruin, farmers in the drought-ridden region of Bundelkhand are being forced to sell what is often times their only remaining "possession": their wives.  The area of central India straddling the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh suffered from one of the worst droughts in recent memory this summer. Planted seeds died while waiting for the life-giving rain that arrived weeks too late. Even worse than the failed crops was the death of cattle from lack of drinking water. In India, cattle provide milk, plow fields, and can even be rented out. Without cattle, families lose a fundamental asset.

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