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Child trafficking: SC frowns at Centre over tardy pace

Supreme Court on Thursday expressed annoyance over the Centre moving at a slow pace in coordinating with state governments on curbing the menace of child trafficking and prostitution.

The apex court expressed its anguish as it noted that the Centre had taken over a month to inform state governments about its October 30, 2014 order through which it had sought details about actions taken in pursuance of its directions issued in 1990 on the issue. Observing that its October 30, 2014 order was only communicated to the states only on December 12, a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Anil R Dave, also took exception to the fact that the Centre had only written letters to states and not taken any corrective steps on the “evasive” replies by certain states.

Bench expressed anguish over the absence of clarity in the functioning of advisory committees set up in various states for eradicating prostitution and implementation of other welfare programmes to prevent child exploitation.

“What is this Advisory Committee? What does it mean? What is their term of reference? When do they meet? Are its members for life or a particular period,” the bench asked while noting that in some states there was hardly any mention of when they last met.
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