Allahabad High Court Seeks UP Govt’s Reply On Plea For Establishment Of Special Human Trafficking Courts

The UP Government was asked to take steps to establish Special Human Trafficking Courts by the Allahabad High Court on Monday. Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan is an NGO that closely works with the victims of human trafficking and prostitution. They filed a PIL which was issued notice on by a Division Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agrawal. It was stated that there were so special courts to fight the human trafficking that was on a rise in Uttar Pradesh even during the period of COVID-19 restrictions. The NGO submitted a study made by the United Nations on Drugs and Crimes, as well studies made by different non governmental organizations along with different official documents to support it’s observations. Under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act of 1956 the NGO asked the Court to direct the establishment of such Special Courts in each district of Uttar Pradesh. The Allahabad High Court after carefully analysing all the submissions made by the NGO to the Court came to a conclusion that it deemed it appropriate to have a response from the State. “Let this petition for writ be listed on 18th January, 2021. The respondent-State in the meanwhile may file a counter affidavit to the petition for writ.”. This case throws light on Section 22A of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act of 1956. this section explains that it is not mandatory and depends on the “satisfaction” of the Government but it provides for the establishment of Special Courts by the State Governments.

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