Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra flagged the menace of human trafficking as the greatest human tragedy. Addressing an ‘International Conference on Human Trafficking’ in New Delhi told that the crime relating human trafficking is on a rise.
“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 constitute a great menace to the present and the future generation,” he said.
Calling slavery as human trafficking of the past, Misra said it exists even today in a different manner.
“The people who are involved in human trafficking, think that human beings are commodities. I would like to say the commoditisation of human beings have become an industry and this is a growing industry which is not visible. It’s a different kind of syndicate,” the CJI said.
The event also saw jurists from other south Asian countries participating. Nepal Supreme Court judge Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla, in her special address, said that technology has created market for human trafficking and made the victims more vulnerable.
“Technology has became a strong tool in the hands of perpetrators. It has made the victim more vulnerable, it is also creating market and is also exploiting victim and therefore we need to discuss on how to control and use technology to fight human trafficking,” Justice Pradhan Malla said.
She said cyber space is not the exclusive domain of the perpetrators but rather a powerful tool in the hands of authorities.
“Trafficking exist not because of a few thousand people commit it but because millions of people stay silent about it,” Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice Gita Mittal, in her presidential address, said.
Attorney General of India KK Venugopal, who also addressed the gathering, mentioned various statutes in the Indian legal system to curb the human trafficking.
“We are hoping SAARC law as a catalyst in bringing together the citizens of SAARC countries as we are having a common heritage by culture and in some cases language,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)