New Delhi: Waking up to the severe menace of child trafficking in the country, the Union government has issued special directions to ensure the safety of the children. All the states have been directed to increase police patrolling near schools, school buses, children parks, posh areas and undertake other measures to prevent child kidnappings.

The Central government is also planning to open 335 anti-human trafficking units in the country.
Answering to a question raised during the Rajya Sabha session, Union Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh said, “In order to prevent child trafficking, 10,000 policemen will be provided special training to be completed within three years.”

He said, out of the 335 anti-human trafficking units, the first installment of Rs 8.72 crore has already been released for opening of 115 units.

He added, though law and order and police come under the control of the state government but keeping the security of the children on top priority, the Centre has initiated the move.

In the directions issued by the Home Ministry, the Centre has instructed the state governments to identify those areas prone to child trafficking, especially girls. The states have been asked to increase the number of police help centres and beat constables and women police deployed in such areas.

JPN/Bureau