APHRS seeks probe into sale of Banjara children

HYDERABAD: THE Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Society (APHRS) today appealed to the National SC/ST Commission to look into child trafficking and inquire into the socio-economic conditions of Banjaras in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

In a memorandum submitted to commission chairman Dilip Singh Bhuria here, copies of which were sent to Union Home Minister L K Advani and the National Human Rights Commission, the APHRS contended that there should be stringent laws to curb such incidents.

A visit to the two States by a fact-finding committee of the APHRS revealed that the biological parents were unaware of the adoption racket. They were under the impression that their wards were in the safe custody at these centres.

Demanding a CBI probe into the entire issue, the APHRS suggested that the government give priority to the socio-economic development of the tribals. The State Government should constitute a child adoption advisory committee to monitor the activities of these adoption homes and the existing Centre for Resource Agency should be strengthened at the national level.

The society delegation included V Jagadeeshwara Rao and TRIFED director Vivek Vinayak, according to a press release.

Source: http://www.newindpress.com/newsItems.asp?id=IEA20010515015055&eTitle=Southern+News+%2D+Andhra+Pradesh&rLink=0
Referred by: Mukundan CM
Published on: May 16, 2001
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