By: Ashraful Hussain
After Kuthori near Kaziranga, Mayong in Morigaon, Baghartapu in Nagaon and Hajo in Kamrup district, more than 300 houses of erosion affected families Fuhuratoli in Darrang district of Assam were demolished by district administration and a Right wing organization on 21st December. Significantly the eviction notice served only 12 hours earlier.
A Paro Conclave was held in DRDA conferences hall of NUH Mewat with aim to promote dialogue for the trafficked brides living in the region and can’t be rescued for social compulsion as well as humanitarian prospective and can’t be repatriated anywhere as they already forget about their native places.
10 survivor leaders inducted in District Legal aid service authority Mewat as Paralegal Volunteers. Their work as community leaders and social service with EMPOWER PEOPLE get recognized by DLSA and the district administration.
20 more girls are getting training of Para medical and counseling at empower people. We hope soon they will join local hospitals and care institutions.
In 1992,Majiran Begum of Barpeta (Assam) trafficked.when she was on the way to visit her relatives at Dakshinpar(Maybe Sontali)
She was trafficked by some unidentified persons unconsciously.
When she opened her eyes,she found herself as a bride of a resident of Faridabad,Haryana.died two years ago
According to her she was forcefully married to the man .who was about 30years old at that time, A doubled aged man.
By the te she concieve four daughters,Three of them are married.
On 2nd of Aug,2016 team Empower People traced her.and then they made an video call with her family members after a long gap of 25 years.
Initionally no one could identify each other,Thus have to introduce each other.she burst into tears
Now she wants to visit her native people and place (Assam)
By Prince Waver Kkc
For the first time in Haryana an open Mike session was held in collaboration of EMPOWER PEOPLE and DLSA Mewat in which a representation of survivors of bride trafficking came to address the stake holders comprising officials from judiciary, Police and media. The open mic session was an attempt to provide organic story version of survivors which can be used for sensitization and awareness in the society. This event was possible because of pro-active and enthusiastic CJM cum secretary DLSA Sh. Narendra sigh who chaired the event. Survivors and community workers who work with EMPOWER PEOPLE share their own life stories and complaint about the discrimination they faced in their lives.
Chief Judicial magistrate Cum Secretary DLSA Mewat Sh. NArendra Singh visited different villages to meet survivors of bride trafficking with Team EMPOWER PEOPLE NGO exclusively working on cause of Bride trafficking. Survivors of bride trafficking sought relief from the CJM and he assured to help them with all possible manners.
CJM feels that this cause needs more attention from the administration and social sector as large number of women are being sold and resold like commodity. He has plan to document such cases with EMPOWER PEOPLE and send it to Punjab and Haryana high court as well as supreme court and ask for developing some exclusive legal frame work which can directly address the bride trafficking.
He met a mother of 9 children who was thrown out of the house after her husband died who purchased her from a trafficker. She was barely 13 when she was trafficked from Jharkhand. She shared her fears and concerns with the CJM who assured her for safety and education of her children.
CJM also met some survivors and felt that district administration needs to understand agony of trafficked brides. He decided to organize a sensitization and open mike program for police and judiciary in the court premises in which a representation of bride trafficking survivors will address administration.
CJM promised to EMPOWER PEOPLE that he and the administration will always help in all possible manner.
Founder of EMPOWER PEOPLE Shafiq R khan thanked him for visiting survivors in their community and taking prompt action plan to give relief to survivors.
EMPOWER PEOPLE has initiated a collaborative gender sensitization campaign with Uttrakhand Police. A start-up workshop held in Police-line of Almora district on 13th of June, now paused due to Uttarakhand floods, which would continue to all districts of uttrakhand after a month. First phase campaign would cover district level workshop
Gaya: The growing influence of media cannot be ruled out. And if talked about development journalism that play a pivotal role in transforming the socio-economic and political scenario of the existing society and proactively appeal for policies for inclusive growth seems less developed still in the rural areas of the nation.
Taking this view on the nature of journalism, the Empower People organized a workshop for news reporters working for various print media services at Sherghati in Bihar. The aims and objective of the workshop was to sensitize and trained rural news reporters on the larger issues concerning gender based violence, discrimination, human trafficking, poverty and education and farming as well.