SHILLONG: National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma on Tuesday stressed the need to create employment opportunities for women from the northeastern states to restrict trafficking of women.
“False dreams given by traffickers, the internet, financial weakness of the family and no mean to sustain their livelihood in their homes is fuelling trafficking of women from the northeastern region,” she said on the sidelines of an official function here in Meghalaya.
Sharma said there were reports of trafficking of women from the region, who were trapped by traffickers through dubious means.
She underscored the need to create enough employment opportunities in the region’s rural areas so that unscrupulous people are not able to lure unsuspecting victims in search of better opportunities outside the confines of their homes.
“Trafficking (of women), especially from Assam, and also, in certain cases, from Mizoram has come to our notice. They are taken away to work in massage or beauty parlours but are often used for different reasons,” Sharma said.
She said that in some cases, these women were trafficked out of the country.
Stressing that rehabilitation of the rescued women is often a problem, especially with the families refusing to accept them, Sharma said, “There is a need to rehabilitate them by offering them skill training and also by providing them shelter.
“Although there is a perception that women in the northeastern region are better off than their counterparts in the rest of India, females in this part of the world, too, are a disadvantaged lot.”
Earlier addressing a meeting at the North East Council on recommendations of the study on social, economic and political empowerment of women in northeastern states, Sharma said: “Women in the northeast are disadvantaged under the customary practices.
“Women are not seen participating politically. There are few women MLAs and (women) MPs are even rarer. Though economically women are seen working in every sphere, they still are being deprived of the right to land,” she said.
Meanwhile, the report stated that many women of the region are engaged in agricultural activities and earn less than their male counterparts.