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GoM to study changes in Immoral Traffic Act

Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: A group of ministers (GoM) has been asked to study the proposed amendments to the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1986. The Tourism Ministry is said to have opposed the changes saying these would adversely affect tourism.

Suggesting strengthening of the law by recommending stringent punishment the proposed amendments seek to hold the trafficker equally responsible for the crime.

The amendments envisage adding a clause specifying punishment for using the services of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and provide for a hefty fine, even imprisonment, for visiting a brothel.

Importantly, the amendments increase the age of the `child' from 16 to 18 years to bring it on a par with other laws. Enhancement of punishment is recommended for keeping, managing or assisting in the running of a brothel with up to three-year rigorous imprisonment on first conviction and seven years for the subsequent offence.

Headed by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, the GoM includes Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj and Tourism Minister Renuka Chowdhury.

There is also a strong recommendation for deleting the provision of `seducing or soliciting' for prostitution as it has been noticed that more women were booked under this section than traffickers which often resulted in ``re-victimisation' of the victims.

While Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttaranchal, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have agreed to it, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi are yet to give their consent.

The Department of Women and Child Development entrusted the task of reviewing the Act to the Bangalore-based National Law School University. It has suggested strengthening of the existing law. The National Commission for Women (NCW) also approved the amendments with some more suggestions.

After receiving comments from all States, Union Territories and the departments concerned, the final draft of the proposed amendments was sent to the Cabinet.

The amendments also provide for addition of a new clause for constitution of a central nodal authority for combating trafficking in women and children at the national level with similar authorities at the State level.

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