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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Another brutal murder in India

Por Olivia Rosario Rodríguez

The victim was a young 16-year-old domestic worker and was killed for demanding the full year's salary an agency owed her. His murder has generated protests in the country of people who appeal the Government to approve laws as soon as possible to curb human trafficking and update the legislation that allows children to work as domestic workers.

According to police officer Rajender Singh Sagar, the murdered girl was 16 years old and was a native of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. She was strangled, her body dismembered and thrown into a drain earlier this month after she demanded a year's salary she did not receive from the agency that hired her. The alleged killer was arrested last week, he’s a man who worked for the agency that hires girls from poor families in rural areas to work in New Delhi.

The case has brought to light the abuse of domestic workers in India, where millions of people, including children, work for hours in homes with little freedom or protection. Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian Nobel Prize winner and advocate for children's rights, reflected on the importance of banning child exploitation.

The human rights defender urged the government to approve the new bill against trafficking in India, it is worth noting that it had already been approved by the cabinet in February but hasn’t been submitted to Parliament. Similarly, he requested the enactment of another bill to regulate employment agencies.

It happens that in India, according to the executive, about 60 percent of the more than 23,000 victims of trafficking who have been rescued in 2016, were children.

The Indian Parliament approved a law in 2016 that allows children to work for family companies. Many people got worried that the legislation almost pushed them to start working at a Young age.

Shakti Vahini is a charity organization that is fighting against human trafficking. As a result of the murder, he has demanded to be reversed the law’s amendments and that the Government approves a legislation to control unregulated employment agencies. With that measure they would prevent the retention of workers wages and using violence against them. Basically the fateful destiny of the young victim.