"Human trafficking greatest human tragedy," says CJI at conference co-hosted by Justice and Care, SAARCLAW and Indian Law Institute
NEW DELHI, 24 MARCH 2018: Inaugurating the international conference on human trafficking, co-hosted by Justice and Care, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Law (SAARC LAW) and Indian Law Institute in New Delhi on Saturday 24 March, the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra termed human trafficking as the “greatest human tragedy” and called for better use of technology to combat the syndicate involved.
“Human trafficking is the greatest human tragedy that has fallen up on us. It has to be avoided and the younger generation has to be the torchbearers against it. Human trafficking constitutes a great menace to the present and the future generation,” the CJI said.
The event shed light on legal and technological perspectives for solutions within South Asia and was attended by leading members of the Judiciaries of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, global legal and technology experts, NGO representatives,
Guests included Mr. K.K. Venugopal, Attorney General for India and Patron, SAARCLAW, Hon'ble Ms. Justice Gita Mittal, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Delhi, Hon'ble Ms. Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla, Justice, Supreme Court of Nepal, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Kalyan Shrestha, Former Chief Justice, Nepal and Patron, SAARCLAW and Mr. Mehmood Mandviwalla, President SAARCLAW.
Justice Mittal spoke about the need to distrupt the demand and supply chains of trafficking and get to the root of the black money that funds it. She said a law needs to be put in place to penalise customers was needed to curb the menace. “When customers of sex trafficking are criminalised, it drives down the demand. This hits the very root of trafficking operations,” she said.
In his keynote address, the Attorney General for India K.K. Venugopal, spoke about various statutes in the Indian legal system to curb the human trafficking. He said boundaries which exist today do not stand in the way so far as the members of SAARC are concerned. "We are hoping SAARCLAW acts as a catalyst in bringing together citizens of SAARC countries as we have a common heritage by culture and in some cases, language," he said.
Among other speakers, Nepal Supreme Court justice Sapana Malla, in her special address, said that technology has created the market for human trafficking and has made victims more vulnerable. “Technology has become a strong tool in the hands of perpetrators. It has made victims more vulnerable. The market it is creating is also exploiting victims and therefore we need to discuss on how to control and use technology to fight human trafficking,” noted Malla.
“The utilisation of innovation in human trafficking isn’t widely recorded. Notwithstanding, trial and narrative confirmation demonstrates that web and other computerised advancements are being utilised for the same,” Adrian Philips, spokesperson and legal head at Justice and Care said.
The event saw the presence of various SAARC country judges who spoke on the need for solutions to the technological challenges faced by the law enforcement agencies in curbing human trafficking.
Special sessions focused on sharing knowledge as well as exploring scope for innovations that need to be devised in order to use technology as an effective combat tool in tracing victims as well as detecting criminal networks, and current legislative frameworks and changes being initiated within country domains.