GUWAHATI, Nov 25 � A new initiative of using grassroots comics as a medium to create awareness on human trafficking among the rural people of Assam has been taken by Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR), a civil society organization based in Guwahati.
Use of grassroots comics as means to generate awareness among both the literate and illiterate people have become increasingly popular in India. Initiating its step towards educating the rural people on human trafficking, LCHR organized a three-day residential training programme on tackling trafficking through grassroots comics at Shilpagram in Guwahati from November 20 to 22.
The inaugural function was attended Justice (Retd) PK Mushahary, chairperson of the State Police Accountability Commission, and Monidipa Borkotoky, Member Secretary of the Assam State Commission for Women.
Speaking as the guest of honour, Justice Mushahary said that children are the most targeted lot and are recruited as labourers and trafficking of and discrimination against children and women can never be denied.
�Laws are not the solution every time; therefore, people need to come forward and do something to make the place crime-free. The greatest crime is that people don�t act but become observers even when crimes take place,� he said.
He spoke to the participants on the Article 23 of the Constitution of India and many current immoral issues related to children and women.
The participants were exhorted to approach the State Police Accountability Commission if they see any unlawful treatment or action of policemen.
Borkotoky said that trafficking of women and children is a burning problem of the society. She spoke on how the women commission has tried to fight the menace of trafficking.
Felcita, the programme coordinator, Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR), in her inaugural speech encouraged the participants to learn as much as they can through this training and enlighten the rural people who are ignorant about trafficking and try their best to control it.
Dr Rajeeb Kumar Sharma, general secretary of the Global Organization for Life Development (GOLD), Ravi Sagar, Director of LCHR, and Amal Dutta, advocate, Gauhati High Court, also took part in the function.
Dr Sharma delivered his speech on the current issues of human trafficking. He said that all the people have to be aware about the matters involved of human trafficking in order to check the problem.
Altogether 55 trainees from different districts of Assam like Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Kamrup, Udalguri, Baksa and Dhubri participated in the training programme.