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Anti-trafficking project to be spread in entire Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Riding on the success of a project to tackle and prevent child marriage in two districts of the state, the government has decided to spread the scheme to other districts as well, state minister said on Tuesday.

Initiated by the Police, the Swayangsiddha project was launched in 2016 in Jalpaiguri district of north Bengal and South 24 Parganas in the south.

"It has been quite successful in Jalpaiguri and South 24 Parganas. Now we have decided to activate the Swayangsiddha in all the districts from now on," said.

The project envisions empowering young girls and boys with knowledge and skills so that they are able to make informed choices and become less vulnerable to violation of their rights.

Swayangsiddha Groups have been formed in schools and colleges with interested students in the age group of 12 to 21 years. is monitoring and guiding these groups.

said many girls of the state are trafficked after falling prey to offers to work in other states.

In order to keep a check on that, the has also prepared a draft bill, Panja told reporters after attending a workshop on implementation of the state's plan of action against

Meanwhile, said around 1,000 girls were rescued from being trafficked from since the scheme was launched in 2016.

"Around 3,000 traffickers have also been arrested in this period of two years. We have been able to raise the awareness level of at least 2 lakh students studying in 500 schools," Ranade said.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 17:25 IST