Leading India's Fight Against

Human Trafficking, Bondage,
Slavery and Servitude

2012-2013

QUANTITATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AT A GLANCE:
1. VICTIM SUPPORT
Activities

Total Number

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01.

Number of Rescue

630

02.

Number of cases referred to the organization

539

03.

Number of FIR

214

04.

Number of DD entry

180

05.

Rescued number of victims belongs to other countries

15

06.

Number of Inter‐state Investigation

561

07.

Number of victims restored

128

08.

Number of intervention in red light areas

26

09.

Number of entry points covered

10

10.

Number of Forced Marriage cases reported

14

11.

Number of victims of commercial sexual Exploitation

73

2. POLICE TRAINING
O1.

Number of AHTU Training

3

02.

Number of District level Police Training

10

03.

Number of Police Station Level sensitization Programme

314

04.

Number of Police Officers Trained

4500

3. LEGAL INTERVENTION
01.

Number of FIR registered

214

02.

Number of Daily Diary

180

03.

Number of victims provided legal support

299

04.

Number of convictions happened

3

4. INTERVENTION IMPACT
01.

Number of NGO Partner

31

02.

Number of shelter home coordinated

26

03.

Number of CWC the organization Interacted with

33

04.

Number NCPCR enquiry committee involved

2

05.

Number NCW enquiry committee involved

1

5. COMMUNITY EVENTS
01.

Number of community meetings

269

02.

Number of programmes with students

14

03.

Number of School Awareness Programme

32

04.

Number of Programmes with RWA

70

05.

Number of NGO/Civil Society Meeting

9

06.

Number of meetings with help lines

117

07.

Number of Meetings with Panchayat

1

08.

Group Discussions and Talk shows in colleges

15

09.

Number of Members of E‐group

10.

Number of citizen panel established

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QUANTITATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AT A GLANCE:
6. VICTIM SUPPORT SYSTEM
O1.

Intervention center

9

02.

Sensitization workshop with the stakeholders including CWC/DCPU/DLSA/ Lawyers and Prosecutors

12

03.

Partnership with state/ National level authority

04.

Victim provided legal support

299

05.

Networking with anti‐ trafficking NGOs

25

7. PARTNERSHIP WITH STAKEHOLDERS
01.

Number of yearly planning meeting

2

02.

Number of response team

3

03.

Number of contact meeting with stakeholders

121

04.

Number of district level network

8. NETWORKING
01.

Number of meeting with District Administration

12

02.

Number of meetings with police

110

03.

Number of interaction with social welfare department

6

04.

Appointment of Nodal Officers

0

05.

Number of coordination meeting held in district

9. MEDIA
01.

Number of Press conference

5

02.

Number of media person contacted

150

03.

Number of regional media meeting

3

04.

Number of media persons sensitized

150

05.

Number of report published

250

10. CAMPAIGNS
01.

Street Play

71

02.

A 3 month campaign on trafficking of girls for sexual exploitation was conducted during the Common
Wealth Games in partnership with DCPCR, NCPCR, MWCD and NCW. The project performed in the
campaign organized by NCPCR “Vatsalya Mela.”

3000

Campaigns with RWAs on Child Trafficking and Domestic maids

52

03.

52

11. INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
01.

Number of Social Science Students

12

02.

Number of Legal Students

3

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INTRODUCTION

Vision Statement:

Shakti Vahini is a pioneer organization in the field of Anti
Human Trafficking. The organization has been working
for women and child rights since last 16 years. It is a
national level voluntary organization working in the
states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa,
Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh,
Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Rajasthan.

Shakti Vahini visions, aspires and strives for Just, Free and
Equitable society. We consider it a duty of every citizen to
have social concerns and strive for the progress and
development of society. In our efforts and struggle to
achieve the above, we draw our inspirations from our rich
civilization, plurality of culture, spirit of our Democratic
Constitution, National Movement for freedom struggle,
lives and teachings of our great leaders.

Shakti Vahini is effectively active in field of Human Rights,
Woman and Child issues, Anti Trafficking, Child Labour,
Bonded Labour, Health, HIV/AIDS, Education, Legal Aid
and training, Research & Documentation, Community
development etc.

Mission: To Protect and Defend Human Rights in India

Shakti Vahini has rescued nearly 5000 victims of human
trafficking trafficked for the purpose of Commercial
Sexual Exploitation, Child Labour, Bonded Labour, Forced
Marriage, Domestic help and adoption. Shakti Vahini has
the link for the states police coming to the capital for
rescue operation or investigation of human Trafficking
cases. The organization has been conducting Home
Investigation of the victims as per the direction of the
Child Welfare Committee as mandated in the Juvenile
Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. In the fight of
Anti Human Trafficking Shakti Vahini has been working
on prevention, protection and prosecution of the human
trafficking cases.

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Fighting Sex Trafficking and
Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Gravest form of trafficking is for the purpose of
commercial sexual exploitation. From the very inception
of the organisation, Shakti Vahini has fought tooth and nail
to not only rescue children and women but to also prevent
it. Decoy operations with the local police , Central Bureau
of Investigation (CBI) ,Anti Human trafficking Units
(AHTU) , Crime Branch of different State Police and other
like agencies are organised to apprehend traffickers and
for rescue of trafficked victims. Frequent rescue
operations are conducted with the help of law
enforcement agencies in the red light area and also where
local intelligence shows the presence of any person who is
kept in bonded conditions and has willingness to leave.
Active steps have been taken to burst the bubble of sex
trafficking carried out under the garb of massage parlours
and other such services. Informal Surveillance systems
have been established by us at various railway and bus
stations especially in Delhi (destination state), Jharkhand,
Assam and West Bengal (major source states).

Combating Child Labour
Child labour is a chronic problem which varies in scale and
manifests in various ways like domestic labour, factory
based labour, traditional trades (like agarbatti, beedi,
carpet weaving) etc. The cities where most children end
up with the great big city dream have turned into hubs for
employing children as young as 9‐10 years, through
illegally run placement agencies. Weak legislation has also
given them unprecedented opportunities to exploit
children with mass illegal migration taking place every
day.
The children are employed at as less as $20 ‐28 a month
(Rs.1000‐1400). The money often doesn’t reach the
parents and is misappropriated by the placement agent.
Often children face emotional/mental, physical and sexual
abuse at the hands of the employers.
Shakti Vahini does rescue operation of children in forced
labour situations in collaboration with various law
enforcement agencies. The organization undertakes a lot
of awareness programmes on the issue of child labour and
reaches out and works with various stakeholders like the

Police, Labour Department, RWA, Industries Associations,
Youth and Students, Lawyers etc. for strengthening the
fight against child labour. We oversee the process of
restoration of the children to their home state and follow
up the cases up to the trial stage of the criminal cases filed.
Shakti Vahini has been working in close partnership with
the Labour Department and the district administration
not only to rescue but also in providing rehabilitation and
compensation to rescued trafficked children.
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National Initiative for Child Protection:
The CHILDLINE (1098), Gurgaon has conducted a
Sensitization Programme on Child Protection in
collaboration with National Institute of Public
Cooperation and Child Development (NPCCD) and
CHILDLINE India Foundation at the Conference Hall of the
Commissioner of Police Office, Gurgaon. The Programme
was inaugurated by Sh. Kulvinder Singh, Deputy
Commissioner of Police, DCP Headquarter, Gurgaon.
During his speech Sh. Singh said that Gurgaon Police
would take the initiative to start such kind of sensitization
programme in the police station level in Gurgaon.
Altogether 60 police personnel of Inspector and Sub‐
Inspector rank of different police stations have attended
the programme. Mr. Ravi Kant, Advocate Supreme Court of
India conducted the session on Juvenile Justice Act, Child
Labour Act, Bonded Labour Act and Immoral Trafficking
Prevention Act and the relevant sections of the Indian
Penal Code. All the police personnel present in the
programme showed their keen interest about the issues

related to women and children. The Law Enforcement
Agencies should know about issues connected to
trafficking of women and children. It is an organised crime
so it is extremely important for all of us to join hands in
order to curb this crime. The need of strengthening of the
restoration and repatriation of the victims was stressed.
The impact of low sex ratio in Haryana which leads to
human trafficking also dwelt at length. As a part of this
programme a few recent case studies were also shared
with the present gathering. Some of the case studies
handled by particular police stations in Gurgaon were
shared by concerned police personnel themselves. A
checklist in every police station which will contain the
relevant sections related to women and children will be
distributed in all Police Stations. The workshop also
focussed on the increase of child labour in Gurgaon for
Domestic work and the role which Police needs to play in
combating it. The role of convergence of all agencies in
Child Protection was stressed.

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Eye Check up Camp in the Red Light area:

Victim Support:

Shakti Vahini organized a free eye check up camp in the GB
Road, Delhi in January, 2015. Experts Eye Specialists from
the government hospital volunteered the programme and
examined at least 50 women from the red light area of
Delhi. As a part of this camp the beneficiaries were
provided specs as per requirement. 11 patients were
referred to the government hospital for further
investigation.

The organization as a part of its various intervention
observed that the survivors have to face lot of difficulties
while appearing before the court for deposition. The court
summons them and in return victims are given only the
travelling allowance. The state does not look after their
accommodation, food, local travelling expenses. These
victims are being threatened by the traffickers for not
appearing before the court. In many cases the survivor are
served the summon copy before 2/3 days of the hearing
date. In such circumstances it is very difficult for the
survivors to come long way from the source states to the
destination courts for deposition. There are instances in
which the police officer going to serve the summon joins
hands with the source police and submits before the court
that the survivor's family could not be traced. For the
justice of the survivors the project has done advocacy with
the railway ministry so that their railway reservation gets
confirmed within a short period of time. The project has
also done advocacy with the Govt. of West Bengal,
Jharkhand and Assam for providing accommodation to

Set up Citizens groups in each district:
The organization has been closely working with the
citizen's group in the NCR of Delhi and also in the districts
of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Altogether 100 formal and
informal meetings were organized with the citizens group
during the period. The main purpose of conducting these
meetings was to aware the citizens on child trafficking for
labour. Approximately 2000 people were given awareness
about the child trafficking for labour and the involvement
of the placement agencies. As a result of this partnership
the project is now getting information for rescue from the
citizens group.

In a recent case of 13 years old trafficked minor
girl rescued from a residential society located in
Dwarka area of Delhi and the information was
received from the president of the Residence
Welfare Association of same society. The girl was
locked inside a room in the second floor for 3 days.
The girl was rescued with the assistance of
administration and police.

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to the survivors in the state Guest Houses in Delhi while
they will come for the court hearings. In some of the
difficult cases where the law enforcement failed to trace
the victim the court directs the implementing agency for
its intervention in bringing the survivor for deposition
before the court. The project in its implementing areas is
working for tracing the survivors and also to produce
them before the court as per the court direction. Under all
the circumstances it is a big challenge for the survivors to
fight for the justice until and unless the organization
assists them.

related to human trafficking. Shakti Vahini has also been
conducting district level training in districts of Haryana.
Shakti Vahini is actively involved in training sessions held
at the district level at the Delhi Police Academy & Haryana
Police Academy.

Shakti Vahini has been appointed as the Nodal NGO by the
Special Police Unit for Women and Children, Nanakpura
for two districts in Delhi, viz. New Delhi and East Delhi.
Shakti Vahini is committed to sensitize police officers at
the police station level about the various laws related to
children and guide the police officers in handling the
children with care and affection, be it a Juvenile in Conflict
Police Training:
with Law or a Child in Need of Care and Protection. Shakti
A sensitive and informed police force ensures better
delivery of justice and better assistance to the victim. Vahini has been training officers at all the 22 police
Shakti Vahini is committed to take steps in this direction stations in the aforementioned two districts in Delhi.
by training police officers at various levels. Shakti Vahini Every week four training sessions are conducted in
sensitizes police officers of the Anti Human Trafficking different police stations. The organization has also been
Units; these Units have been recently set up in Delhi and conducting police trainings in the police stations of some
across India in 2011 to enforce laws and address issues parts of Bihar and North Bengal.

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Facilitating Rehabilitation and Repatriation:
Shakti Vahini works tirelessly works towards victim
rehabilitation and repatriation. After a rescue, Shakti
Vahini counsellors accompany the police in the
production of the children before various legal officers.
Post rescue counselling is provided to the victims which
helps the victims to overcome the trauma and testify
before the Magistrates. Shakti Vahini also volunteers in
tracing the families of the children and conducting home
investigation and repatriation of the children. Shakti
Vahini provides the children and women with basic legal
advice after their rescue. For carrying out home
investigations, the team has to continuously coordinate
with the District level management in the source areas.

Home Investigations:
Shakti Vahini conducts home Investigation of trafficked
children on the orders of the Child Welfare Committees.
Shakti Vahini also provides monetary aid as well as
residential support to the parents of those children who
want to come to Delhi and take their children back. In

other cases the children are repatriated with the help of
police and social welfare department officials. In cases
where children and victims are sent back home the
Initiative ensures that the local NGOs and civil society
groups are informed so that the victim has a support
structure in their home states also.

Working with the Railway Force and Government Railway
Police:
Traffickers use railways and bus terminals as main transit
and exit points and transportation mode; this makes it
important to have a strong partnership with the RPF and
GRP. Shakti Vahini's Project Fight Slavery has been
working in close coordination with the Railway Police
Force and Government Railway Police. The wing of Delhi
Police which handles Railways and Crimes has been
advocated with continuously for the smooth functioning
of the police officials on the railway station. The
sensitization level among the Railway police about the
human trafficking issues has increased which is leading to
proactive policing.

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Anti Trafficking and Justice Initiative in West Bengal:

CHILDLINE -GURGAON (1098)

Shakti Vahini has opened its unit in North Bengal with its
new Project Anti Trafficking and Justice Project. This
Initiative covers the Districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri,
Cooch Behar, Uttar Dinajpur & Dakshin Dinajpur in West
Bengal and District of Kishanganj and Katihar in Bihar in
particular and several adjoining areas including the
sensitive border areas. Moreover, extensive awareness
campaigns in schools, at gram panchayat level as also with
the police officials have been undertaken. The Initiative is
reaching out to vulnerable villages and spreading
awareness and information on prevention of trafficking.
This Initiative has also been working on the cross border
regions of Nepal and Bangladesh. The Initiative works
closely with various law enforcement agencies and border
security agencies to combat human trafficking. The
Initiative is working in close partnership with various law
enforcement agencies and NGOs to collect information of
missing children and women. On the basis of information
collected the Initiative processes information to various
destination areas for search and rescue of Trafficked
victims.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development,
Government of India, recommended Shakti Vahini to run
CHILDLINE service in Gurgaon District in the year 2006.
Since then Shakti Vahini has been running the CHILDLINE
service in Gurgaon. The number (1098) is a toll free
number which provides assistance for problems related
to children 24X7. Not only emergency needs of children
are addressed but they are also linked to services for long
term care and rehabilitation. CHILDLINE Gurgaon
reaches out to children from 0‐ 18 years and in extreme
emergencies to young adults up to the age of 25.

HIV/AIDS Intervention Initiative:
With the support and funding by the Delhi State AIDS
Control Society, Govt. of Delhi and National AIDS Control
Organization (Govt. of India), Shakti Vahini started a long
term STD/HIV intervention and prevention Initiative in
the largest red light area in Delhi in the year 2001. The
Targeted Intervention Initiative has been successfully
reaching out to prevent further transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The Initiative runs a medical clinic and also provides for

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HIV testing and counselling centre. The Targeted
Intervention Initiative being run at the red light area is
one of the biggest HIV/AIDS Intervention programmes
being run in Northern India. The Initiative also
collaborates with National Aids Control Organization and
is also designated as a learning site.

1.
Shakti Vahini was appointed as the Member of
Preparing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for
Guidelines of Child welfare Committee by the Department
of Women and Child Development, Govt. of NCT of Delhi

Internship Programme:

2.
The Sikkim Police have put Shakti Vahini's web
link in their website as an active anti trafficking
organization

At SHAKTI VAHINI, we value our interns and volunteers
for their generous contributions of time, skill, knowledge
and spirit. We are always eager to work with dedicated
individuals from India and abroad and believe that we can
all benefit from a multicultural work environment that
provides each of us with a wider perspective on children
protection issues. 15 students of Social work, Department
of Criminology, Law from various Universities have
interned with Shakti Vahini during this period. 10 interns
from universities of United States of America were also
interned with Shakti Vahini.

Some Important Points:

3.
Shakti Vahini was appointed as the Committee
Member of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child
Rights for the formulation of guidelines on Prevention of
Sexual Abuse in Institution of Children
4.
Reverse trafficking cases were reported in Shakti
Vahini and the victims were rescued from West Bengal.

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Credentials of Shakti Vahini:
1.
At the National Level Shakti Vahini is the member of the panel made by the Honourable Supreme Court of India
on Rehabilitation of Women in Prostitution and Trafficked Victims [(2011) 10 SCC 283].
2.
Shakti Vahini is the member of the Central Advisory Committee, Govt. of India to Combat Trafficking of Women
and Children for Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
3.
Shakti Vahini has been appointed as the Member of the Delhi Advisory Committee to Combat Human Trafficking
formed by the Ministry of Women and Child, Government of NCT of Delhi
4.
Shakti Vahini has been nominated as the Member of the Advisory Board of Social Worker as specified in Section
13 3(b) of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1956 by the Government of NCT of Delhi.
5.
Shakti Vahini was nominated to be part of the Inter Ministerial Group formed by the Ministry of Women and
Child, Government of India vide notification dated 06/09/2012 to give recommendations to the Amendment of Immoral
Traffic Prevention Act 1956.
6.
Shakti Vahini has been nominated by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to be part of the Expert
Committee to develop a Model Protocol to Combat Human Trafficking
7.
Shakti Vahini has been nominated as Resource Agency for Training of Law Enforcement Agency by the Bureau of
Police Research and Development, Government of India and also by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
Shakti Vahini has been involved as a resource in Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking at the Delhi Judicial Academy,
Haryana Judicial Academy & Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy.

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Fighting Honour Killings
In Haryana, Punjab and Western Uttar Pradesh the organization has
worked widely on the issue of Honour Killings which is a much prevalent
crime happening in the society. The organization has campaigned widely
on the issue of honour killings. It has undertaken a research on the issue
in collaboration with the National Commission for Women. Shakti Vahini
has campaigned on the issue of Choice of marriage and also advocated
for change in law and stricter punishment in cases related to honour
crimes. Shakti Vahini has documented the cases of honour crimes since
2005. The organization has raised its voice and filed several litigations
on issues related to violence against women and honour crimes. Women
are paraded naked, stripped, branded as witches, dayans, assaulted and
tortured. Many a times this happens in full public view with the full
participation of community.
The organization has also filed a Public Interest Litigation in the
Supreme Court to ask for the accountability of the State Governments in
the cases related to Honour Crimes. In many of the cases the police
remain a mute witness to the crimes and seldom act against the
offenders. The organization has also advocated with the Government of
India on creation of strict laws to combat honour killings and also for
amending laws so that marriages according to the choice of individuals
can be facilitated.

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Ministry of Women & Child, Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
National Mission for Empowerment of women (NMEW)
Anti Trafficking Cell, Ministry of Home Affairs Govt. of India
National AIDS Control Organization (Govt. of India)
Delhi State AIDS Control Society
Department of Women & Child - Govt. of West Bengal
Govt. of Jharkhand
Govt. of Haryana
Govt. of NCT of Delhi
Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Govt. of Chhattisgarh
UNODC
UNICEF
Office to Monitor Trafficking in Persons, US State Department
European Union
PLAN International
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US Consulate Calcutta
US Consulate Delhi

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