Jalpaiguri Police arrest six, bust child trafficking racket
Police in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri District have arrested six people who were involved in a child trafficking racket.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Akash Meghariya, said: "Yesterday night, at the Kamakhyaguri outpost, we got news that some children are being taken somewhere in a truck and their movement was suspicious. So we detained the truck. We got to know that 23 children were in the truck and they were in the age group of 10-15 years. These children were promised that they would be given work at a nearby place. But some of them were not aware where exactly they were being taken. So we suspected it to be a case of child trafficking especially when none of their children had their legal guardians with them. The six people who were taking these children have been arrested."
Meghariya also said that the six accused who were arrested will be presented before the court soon.
Earlier this year India's Supreme Court had directed the federal government to ensure implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.
The apex court made its direction acting on public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a child rights group, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) on child labour and trafficking of children for forced labour.