GUWAHATI, Jan 28 - An awareness programme on human trafficking was organised by the District Legal Service Authority, Kamrup, in association with Divine Hand Welfare Organization at the Guwahati Railway Station today.
The welcome address of the meeting was given by Devojyoti Bhuyan, Special Magistrate, Guwahati, where he cited the recent spurt in human trafficking in different forms as an organised crime, creating a major threat to humanity as a whole.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, SP Moitra, District & Sessions Judge, Kamrup Metro, expressed concern over the increasing incidence of human trafficking in the Northeast and elaborated on the legal aspects to curb the menace and stressed the roles to be played by all the stakeholders for eradication of the organised scourge.
He said that the Guwahati Railway Station has emerged as the hub of human trafficking as it connects the Northeast and the rest of the county.
Attending the programme as a distinguished guest, K Arul Jyothi, Additional CSC-cum-DIG, Railway Protection Force, stressed the need for an effective role by the people engaged in different vocations in the railway station for prevention of human trafficking. The large gathering comprising porters, auto drivers, cleaning staff, railway departmental staff and others was also addressed by Iftikar Ali, Deputy Superintendent, Guwahati Railway Station, and Ashasar Jha, Station Director.
The meeting was presided over by Pradip Kumar Bhattacharya, president of Divine Hand Welfare Organization.
The function was also addressed by Santanu Kumar Sarkar, advocate, Guwahati High Court, as a resource person on the subject.