Imphal, June 28
The 10th Dr. Thingnam Kishan Memorial Lecture organised by Dr. Thingnam Kishan Foundation was held today at Imphal Public Library, Uripok Sorbon Thingel.
Delivering the lecture on Human Trafficked survivors their experience in North East India Prof Ajailiu Niumai of Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Hyderabad highlighted that the trusting parents mostly from the hill areas of Manipur are easily tempted by the trafficking agents by their false promise of assuring their education and jobs in the metropolitan cities.
She added that they were easily trapped because of the vulnerability as they were poor.
Regarding her studies with the introducer to the agents of traffickers she said that neighbors and friends were the primary introducer believing in the false promise and assurance of jobs and education.
Ajailiu said that the pattern of trafficking has changed with time and different in various places.
Highlighting the things which hampers in doing research studies regarding human trafficking in the state she said that there is a huge scarcity of secondary data except for few newspaper clippings, the availability of literature seems to be zero for the state.
Clearing the concept of human trafficking where many people believed that human trafficking only deal with sexual exploitation, Ajailiu highlighted the definition given by UN stating that Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation of persons for the sole purpose of exploitation.
Recalling the days where her inspiration for doing research studies on human trafficking she said that the experience she had on the summer of 2008 where a woman’s younger sister and friends daughter had been employed by a recruiting agent to work as maid in Singapore. She added that Assam and Manipur were the source and transit points of human trafficking and Guwahati being the gateway of North East India for trafficking to the metropolitan cities.
She narrowed down the state of Manipur, Assam and Meghalaya in doing her research.
She further said that the case of human trafficking in Meghalaya decreased because of the strict implementation of immoral human trafficking act and POCSO act.
She also added that Manipur doesn’t have the case of retrafficking as the people of the state have strong community feelings.
Highlighting the character of the departed Dr Thingam Kishan, Ajailiu said that Dr Kishan was a statesman who stands for truth and for the marginalised people.
Filmmaker Bobo Khuraijam in his introductory speech said that not only in academic spheres the Memorial Lecture was organised to spread the ideas about the lectures to the masses.
He said that the DTKF tries to touch the issues of film, sports, theatre and many more not only focusing in the political issues.
He congratulated the well wishers who help in organising the memorial lectures for the tenth times without any gap.
Meanwhile floral tributes were also paid to Dr Thingnam Kishan.
The Memorial Lecture was chaired by Board Member of Child welfare Selection Committee N. Jeevanmala.
N Jeevanmala highlighted the needs to care for the victims though many focus primarily on punishing the culprits.
Member of Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights Ahanthem Montu also deliberated on the Lecture during the occasion
Dr Thingnam Kishan Foundation was established with a concern to bring about social, cultural, legal, economic advancement of the society. DTKF engage and work on various spheres mainly with regard to the field of knowledge, research, social and economic justice, and empowerment of the underprivileged.