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HC seeks state response on a plea for establishment of Special Courts addressing issue of Human Trafficking

 The Allahabad High Court has asked the State Government of Uttar Pradesh to file its response with in prescribed time limit about the steps taken to establish special Courts for the issues related to human trafficking in State.


“We deem it appropriate to have response from the State. Let this petition for writ be listed on 18th January, 2021. The respondent-State in the meanwhile may file a counter affidavit to the petition for writ.”


The above direction has passed by the Division Bench of Allahabad High Court Comprising of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agrawal while dealing with the Public Interest Litigation Filed by Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan, a NGO working for the victims of human trafficking and prostitution in state.


This petitioner has approached the court for issuance of an appropriate writ, order or direction for respondents to insure establishment of more special courts in each and every districts of the State of Uttar Pradesh to adjudicate trials under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.


The petitioner has submitted before the court that human trafficking in the State of Uttar Pradesh is on rise but due to lack of courts, no adequate steps have been taken to combat such

trafficking.

The petitioner has also pointed out that during the period of Covid-19 restrictions, such trafficking is rampaned. A complete study made by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes has also placed on record wherein Chapter- 6A relates human trafficking and its impact in different states of the country.


The submission made by the petitioner is supported by placing on record several official documents as well as the studies made by different non-governmental organizations. Considering the facts and circumstances of the case and documents placed before the court, the court has directed the states to file counter affidavit.


The court has listed the matter on 18 th January for next hearing.

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