The News Minute | June 21, 2014 | 12:49 pm IST
In a latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report released by the US government, the cases of Bahujan Samaj Party MP Dhananjay Singh and IFS officer Devanyi Khobragade have been classified as examples relating to the rampant human trafficking in India.
The report begins by saying that â€śthe forced labor of an estimated 20 to 65 million citizens constitutes Indiaâ€™s largest trafficking problem. Ninety percent of Indiaâ€™s trafficking problem is internal, and those from the most disadvantaged social strataâ€”lowest caste Dalits, members of tribal communities, religious minorities, and women from excluded groupsâ€”are most vulnerable.â€ť
A part of the report refers to the high profile cases of MP Dhananjay Singh and Devyani Khobragade. It reads: â€śIn November 2013, a Member of Parliament and his wife were arrested for the alleged torture and murder of their domestic servant. An Indian consular officer at the New York consulate was indicted in December 2013 for visa fraud related to her alleged exploitation of an Indian domestic worker.â€ť
Low conviction rates, criminals charged with fines instead of imprisonment and the Indian governmentâ€™s inability to give justice to victims of trafficking have also been brought up.
In the report, India is recognized as a Tier 2 country- a category which includes those countries that do not comply fully to TVPAâ€™s (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) minimum standards. However, they are striving to do better.
The TIP is an annual report issued by the US state Departmentâ€™s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.