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INDIA: Police Connive with Child Traffickers Eye on the World Report.

Child trafficking in India

(SAYDABAD, Bangladesh) - A girl in India is kidnapped a second time by the child trafficking criminal syndicate in Munshipura. The case is in the zone of Kotwali Police in the Mau district, Uttar Pradesh. Shameful and shocking are words of reaction to the knowledge that, despite several complaints to police, the girl, who was once rescued by human rights activists from the clutches of child traffickers has been threatened, kidnapped, raped and forced to file false statements in the local court.

Our goal with Eye on the World is to illustrate and highlight politically oriented problems and tragedies that traditional media channels don't have time or interest in covering.

The world has its own set of laws that were agreed upon by the ruling nations in 1948, and many people are not aware of this simple fact. At the root of the concept of world citizenry itself, is the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an overriding and supreme law that ensures many essential human rights that governments today fail to observe. Also central to any hope of human success, is the understanding of the human hierarchy of needs, as defined by Abraham Maslow- more information on this at the conclusion of this entry. We must use the Internet as a tool of justice at every junction, and we need to assist all human beings, everywhere, and not allow cultural, racial or religious preferences as determiners.

In this appeal, William Gomes asks Ms. Mayawathi, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister’s Secretariat, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, to ensure that a judicial magistrate immediately investigates, gathering statements from the victims and judicial officer; and to investigate the police officers at Kotwali Police Station who did not act repeatedly in the case to protect the child.

February 24, 2012

Ms. Mayawathi
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister’s Secretariat
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Fax: + 91 52 2223 0002 / 2223 9234

Re: INDIA: Police connive with child traffickers

Dear Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh,

Name of victim: Maya (name changed), daughter of Mr. Achhelal (deceased) and Ms. Basanti Devi; resident of Munshipura, under the jurisdiction of Kotwali Police Station, Mau district, Uttar Pradesh
Name of alleged perpetrator:
1. Ms. Afzal Begum, brothel owner
2. Prakash
3. Ajay
4. Tulsi
5. Jani
And several other people, the relatives of 1, 2, 3 and 4 above, which the victim in the case could identify. (All operate in the red light district of Shivdaspur in Varanasi)
Date of incident: 23 January 2012 and continuously thereon
Place of incident: Munshipura, under the jurisdiction of Kotwali Police Station, Mau district, Uttar Pradesh

I am writing to express my shock and concern of the second kidnapping of a girl by the child trafficking criminal syndicate in Munshipura, under the jurisdiction of Kotwali Police Station, Mau district, Uttar Pradesh. I am shocked to learn that despite several complaints to the local police and to the senior police officers in the state, the girl, who was once rescued by human rights activists from the clutches of child traffickers has been threatened, kidnapped and raped and forced to file false statements in the local court. The incident is not just a shame to the state government, but illuminates the shocking reality that the state police is not only inept in discharge of their duties, but perhaps also is colluding with the criminal syndicate after being bribed.

I am aware that your office has been earlier communicated about this case when the victim in the case was rescued from child traffickers. The AHRC had reported Maya’s case on 19 September 2008 through its Urgent Appeals Programme as AHRC-UAC-212-2008. At the time Guria, a human rights organisation working in Varanasi had rescued Maya from her kidnappers who had detained her for about two years, raped repeatedly and sold her. Maya’s kidnappers had also made a pornographic movie while she was in their custody. The details of this case must be available in your office records of September 2008.

After this Maya with Guria’s help was fighting her case against the criminal syndicate that operates a large child and women trafficking network in Uttar Pradesh, of which Varanasi is one of the important hubs. Maya and her mother with help from Guria have been objecting in court the bail applications filed by the suspects, which the court has been complying with. It is believed that the second incident, which is the subject matter of this update, happened due to this. The details as provided by Guria are provided below.

Maya, daughter of late Achheylal, Mau district is the victim of case crime no. 769/06 registered at Kotwali Police Station. Mr. Ajay, Mr. Prakash and Ms. Nisha of Munshipura Mohalla under the jurisdiction of Kotwali Police Station kidnapped Maya 3 September 2006. The accused took her in a room and gang raped her. They also made a film of this incident using their mobile telephone. Thereafter they took Maya to Varanasi and sold her to a notorious human trafficker in the city, Ms. Afzal for Rs. 30,000. The incident happened when Maya was just 10 years old.

Afzal detained Maya in a brothel where many people raped her for two to three days. Afzal mentally and physically tortured Maya to force her into prostitution. Maya was finally forced into prostitution and Afzal and Mr. Jani alias Omprakash kept Maya’s earnings. One day on 17 June 2008 Maya escaped from custody with the help of a customer and reached home. She stated the whole incident to her mother. Maya’s mother along with the Maya approached the local police and sought help for medical examination and requested the police to record Maya’s statement. But the police refused against which Guria sought AHRC’s assistance upon which AHRC-UAC-212-2008 was issued.

When the appeal was issued, the police was forced to act. Maya’s statement was recorded and she underwent a medical examination. The police also registered a case against one Mr. Sunny, Mr. Prakash and Mr. Ajay under the provisions of the penal code as well as the immoral trafficking prevention act. However the police did not arrest the main suspect in the case, Ms. Afzal Begum. Afzal Begum is also the main suspect in yet another case of child and women rescue by Guria, where Guria rescued 29 girls from brothels.

Due to objections from Maya, the bail applications filed by Sunny, the Mau Sessions’ Court rejected Prakash and Ajay. Guria helped Maya fight her case. On 25 November 2011 the police arrested Afzal Begum. The Mau court rejected her bail application since Guria on behalf of Maya opposed that.

Afzal then filed an application for bail at the Allahabad High Court. Guria helped Maya and her mother Basanti Devi to oppose that application as well. Hence all the suspects in the case are in pre-trial detention. Due to this the parents of some of the suspects as well as some of their friends were regularly threatening Maya and her mother. On 23 January 2012 at about 7 am when Maya had gone out of her house Jani alias Omprakash, the parents of the other co-accused and some of their companions caught hold of Maya. They threatened her that if she did not withdraw her statement to the court and to the police and withdraw the case, and stopped opposing the bail filed by Afzal Begum at the High Court, they would shoot Maya and her mother. They also forced Maya sign be shot down. They also made her sign some empty papers affixed with stamps and some blank papers. In the past also Afzal had did the same to Maya after threatening and torturing her, while Maya was in Afzal’s custody against which Maya had filed a complaint on 12 July 2011 to the police.

On 31 January 2012 when the victim and her mother were sitting in front of their house, Jani accompanied by his gang came near the house and started staring at Maya. Before Maya could raise any alarm, they went away. Later in the evening when Maya was going to the shop where her brother was selling eggs, Jani and other members of the Jani’s gang and the parents of other co-accused kidnapped Maya. Finding Maya missing, her mother approached the Kotwali Police Station at about 9 pm to register a complaint. The police informed her that they could not do anything since the Station House Officer was not present at the station. The presence of any particular officer is not required for the police to receive a complaint. The police asked Maya’s mother to return to the station the next day.

Accordingly Maya’s mother went to the police station at about 10 am. Basanti, Maya’s mother waited at the police station for the whole day but the police refused to register any complaint. Finding that the local police is of any use, Basanti sent her complaint to the Superintendent of Police – Mau district, Deputy Inspector General (Police) – Azamgarh Range and to the Director General of Police – Lucknow on 1 February 2012 through the Speed Post.

Despite this the police did not take any action. On 3 February 2012 Maya’s kidnappers produced Maya at the local court. At the court they threatened her and filed an affidavit signed by Maya that alleged that she did not know the suspects in the complaints that she had made earlier and that Mr. Ajeet Singh of Guria has paid money to Maya’s mother for registering cases against the suspects and that Ajeet collects money from girls who are involved in prostitution.

Coming to know that Maya has been produced in the court, Guria’s staff members along with Maya’s mother had come to the court. When Maya’s case was adjourned in the court, Maya came out of the court hall and screamed and ran towards her mother and the staff members of Guria, asking them to rescue her from the clutches of her kidnappers. Seeing this the kidnappers ran away from the court compound. When enquired Maya informed that on 31 January 2012, when she was going to the egg shop of her brother, Jani who was accompanied by the parents of Sunny, Ajay and Prakash and a few more people had stopped her on the road. Maya informed that she was injected with something and she fell unconscious while she was been forced into a three-wheeler.

She gained consciousness later and realised that she is at Saidpur, a place under the jurisdiction of Mohammadabad Police Station in Mau district and is in a house. There Jani and a person named Chandan raped her and forced her sign blank papers.

After rescuing herself from the kidnappers Maya sent a registered complaint to the Station Officer, Kotwali Police Station; the Superintendent of Police, Mau district; the Deputy Inspector General (Police), Azamgarh Range; and the Director General of Police, Lucknow requesting to register a complaint against the accused responsible for her abduction and rape.

On 4 February 2012 Maya and her mother along with a staff member from Guria named Umashankar had appeared before the Sessions’ Court Mau and has filed a statement in the form of an affidavit in the court explaining the incidents. Despite all these the police have not registered any case so far and no action has been taken against the criminal gang till today.

I am informed that police inaction is often the result of the endemic corruption in the police administration and its entwinement with the political parties. Officers usually benefit from this commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the state or are subject to bribes and influence.

I therefore urge you to investigate why an extremely serious case of kidnapping and human trafficking in Uttar Pradesh is not being handled according to the criminal procedures of the police administration. Furthermore, I ask you to provide Maya and her family with the protection needed against the threat and violent behaviour of the accused to prevent her becoming another victim at the hands of human traffickers.

I therefore request you:

1. That a judicial magistrate immediately investigates the case;
2. That the statements of the victims recorded immediately by the judicial officer;
3. The police officers at Kotwali Police Station who did not act repeatedly in the case are investigated;
4. The victim should be produced before appropriate medical officer for treatment;
5. The victim and the witnesses be provided adequate protection immediately;
6. The entire investigation supervised by a judicial officer and the victim or a member of their family is informed about the progress of the investigation.

Yours sincerely,
William Nicholas Gomes
William’s Desk

Maslow's hierarchy of needs

As children we are educated in right and wrong, we are told how to conduct ourselves; we learn both expectations and limitations, and from that point we go forth with these tools, and our individual personalities, and fail or succeed accordingly.

In school we quickly understand that without paper, there is no place to write. Once we have paper, a pen or pencil is required to move to the next point. There is a great analogy that exists between this simple concept of paper and pen, and what we know today as Maslow's hierarchy of needs- the theory in psychology proposed in Abraham Maslow's 1943 paper A Theory of Human Motivation.

He demonstrated how without the correct necessities, a person can do little good for themselves, and has none to offer for others. However when people are housed and have clothing, heat, food, health and security, anything is possible. However if just one of these dynamics is removed from the mix, the chance for success can be adversely affected.

Wikipedia describes Maslow's hierarchy of needs as a pyramid consisting of five levels:

The lowest level is associated with physiological needs, while the uppermost level is associated with self-actualization needs, particularly those related to identity and purpose.

The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are met. Once an individual has moved upwards to the next level, needs in the lower level will no longer be prioritized. If a lower set of needs is no longer be met, the individual will temporarily re-prioritize those needs by focusing attention on the unfulfilled needs, but will not permanently regress to the lower level.

For instance, a businessman at the esteem level who is diagnosed with cancer will spend a great deal of time concentrating on his health (physiological needs), but will continue to value his work performance (esteem needs) and will likely return to work during periods of remission.

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