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Panel to reach out to women stranded abroad

The Andhra Pradesh State Women’s Commission will take proactive steps to provide succour to the victims of human trafficking and those stranded abroad, according to its Chairperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari.

As a large number of Telugu people migrate to far away countries looking for greener pastures, some of them land in trouble in the absence of proper travel documents and work permits, she observed, adding that the commission would do its best to rescue such persons, who were often duped by dubious job agencies that make tall promises.

Many women realised after going abroad that the real situation was completely different from what was promised by the agents, leaving them helpless, she told the media after inaugurating a workshop organised in association with the National Women’s Commission here on Friday.

“I have been advising women not to go abroad leaving their children here,” she said and promised to take up the cases of women facing trouble in alien land through the Indian embassy officials concerned, she added.

Migrants to Gulf

Migration of Telugu people to Gulf countries was high in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Anantapur and Chittoor, she noted, adding, “We are doing our best to save persons who are being forcibly sent abroad by agents.”

Hailing the Anti-Trafficking Bill being considered by Parliament, she said the piece of legislation would act as a deterrent in preventing crime against women. The Supreme Court also gave exemplary rulings in cases concerning women and girls, she observed while referring to a recent judgement on rape of minor girls.

Earlier, inaugurating the workshop, she wanted the police to register cases against those perpetrating atrocities on women under non-bailable sections and ensure that the accused persons were not enlarged on bail. The conviction rate should also go up, she added.

TDP MLC Karanam Balaram Krishnamurthy, Collector V.Vinay Chand and Superintendent of Police B.Satyayesubabu also spoke.

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