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Self-reliance training to check women trafficking in Orissa's Maoist-hit areas


November 17, 2011 - Sundergarh

In an attempt to avert women trafficking cases in Maoist-hit Orissa's Sundergarh District, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has taken the initiative of providing self-reliance training to tribal girls and helping them to find employment.

As many as 35 women and girls of the district, most of them from Maoist-affected bordering villages, were given three-months of training by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with the help of the Maa Ghar Foundation, a leading NGO of the state. Which has been working for the upliftment of women.

P. K. Ray, Deputy Inspector General (Range), CRPF, said this attempt was aimed at bringing backward class people to the mainstream of society and to prevent them from getting diverted at a young age.

"With the help of CRPF, we have chosen girls from the Dalit families and an institution is providing training to them. They are being trained to stand on their own feet and be deployed as female security officers. Most of the backward class people living in this area are influenced or brain -washed by the Maoists to join their movement. Many others take up wrong path to earn a living. So to stop these people from taking a wrong path, these are a few good and noble steps being taken," said Ray.

The managing trustee of the Maa Ghar Foundation, Rutuparna Mohanty, said this is a good step taken by the paramilitary force.

"Sundergarh is a trafficking prone area and also prone to Maoists. These girls belong to backward class families and are least educated. There are no government schemes to provide employment to these girls at the grassroots level. But thanks to the CRPF, they have chosen 30 girls from 30 families for providing training. After training, they have gained self-confidence. This will help them to get a job and support their families," said Mohanty.

The trainees thanked the CRPF for providing them with an opportunity and for helping them to stand on their own feet.

"We have learned a lot in the programme, we have also learned discipline, how to live our life properly. Earlier I used to fear walking on the road, where a group of boys would be standing but now I can walk on the road confidently. I feel proud to learn so many things in the camp," said Monika Baraha, a girl trainee.

The girls were handed over their completion certificates after the training to help them get employment.

ANI

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