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Dr Afkar Ahmad unravels the ugly face of human trafficking

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His doctoral research focuses on human trafficking in Bihar and Jharkhand

Jamshedpur: Dr Afkar Ahmad, Assistant Professor, NUSRL Ranchi, has successfully completed a research on the topic ‘Trafficking in women and children in India: A socio-legal study with special reference to the states of Bihar and Jharkhand’.

In the thesis submitted to Chanakya National Law University, Patna, for a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Law, he has presented well-researched facts that throw a light on the human trafficking problem in the country, especially in Bihar and Jharkhand. Various aspects of the problem have been covered in the research work that is divided into seven well-authored chapters.

Dr Ahmad has done his research work under the supervision of Dr Sangeet Kumar and Dr Krishna Kant Dwivedi. An excerpt from his thesis reads: “Human civilization is gradually progressing and transforming and sometimes regressing through all trepidation, dissentions and synchronization. Human being, the most beautiful creation of God, becomes the friend and foe to another human being in copious ways.

Trafficking is one of the many ways in which the dark aspects of human existence manifest themselves. Trafficking in Women and Children is one of the worst forms of exploitation. The violation of basic Human Rights in trafficking shatters the faith in humanity. Human trafficking is a major global issue of contemporary era and is on the rise in an alarming rate.

It is a hydra headed problem in the sense that it is a crime, a violation of fundamental human rights, a cross-border security concern, and because of adverse socio-economic implications for human growth, also a development issue. Trading in human beings and their exploitation in varied forms by traffickers is one of the most despicable forms of violation of human rights.”

As per Dr Ahmad, “The present research work is primarily concerned with studying the problem of trafficking in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. It is interdisciplinary investigation of the problem. The legal aspect of the study includes the perusal of International agreements, Covenants and Protocols, which act as guiding force and have significant impact on central and state legislations and executive orders pertaining to prevention and rehabilitation measures at the national and state levels. The relevant case laws have also been discussed as these judgments reflect the view point of the judiciary while providing relief to the victims.”

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