Secret notes from students help Chennai police nab traffickers Jan 03, 2018 0 718 12345 ReutersCHENNAIHigh school teacher Rajkumar Kotal had run out of ideas.News about his students being pushed into early marriage and lured by traffickers reached him, but often too late to stop it.But when police officials put a letter box in a discreet corner of the Ramgarhat High School in east Indian state of West Bengal, the problem was suddenly solved."The anonymity of that box gave students the confidence to ask questions, alert authorities and slowly we built a campaign around it to stop child marriages and prevent trafficking,"Kotal, who teaches English, told the reporters. West Bengal accounted for 44 percent of human trafficking cases reported in India in 2016 and also had the most missing children reports, according to government data. Young girls from poor families are lured with promises of marriage or jobs and trafficked to cities where they are sold to brothels or into domestic slavery, campaigners said.The state government and charities working to prevent human trafficking have initiated a host of measures, including efforts to create a database of known traffickers.The letter box scheme is part of a larger initiative by the West Bengal police which has proved so successful that now more than 20,000 students across 200 schools in the most vulnerable districts of the state have"shared secrets"and sought help. Recognising the impact of the initiative, the UN children's agency UNICEF has now partnered with the police to expand the scope of the programme across the state."Girls from the state were being trafficked and then dumped on the streets of Delhi to die,"said police officer Ajey Ranade, who is heading the initiative that is largely targeting school girls in vulnerable districts. Police officers in plain clothes first started visiting schools in South 24 and North 24 Parganas districts - identified as trafficking hotspots - in 2016 to talk to students.Many policemen had been on rescue missions and had been"emotionally moved"by the plight of trafficking survivors as they saw the impact it was having on young girls, Ranade said. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Two held for assaulting teen girls in Mangaluru Jan 03, 2018 0 108 Students from northeast call on army chief Jan 03, 2018 0 110 Four legislators from Meghalaya join BJP Jan 03, 2018 0 102 Suspense hangs over fate of triple talaq Bill IANS New Delhi The fate of the bill that seeks to criminalise instant divorce by Muslim husbands remained shrouded in suspense on Tuesday as the government virtually rejected an overwhelming demand from the opposition .. After Nitin, another Gujarat minister sulks Gandhinagar: After Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel created a stir over allocation of portfolios not befitting his status, Gujarat Koli community veteran Parshottam Solanki on Tuesday threw a tantrum asking Chief .. Former army officer bludgeons six in street killing spree AFP New Delhi A former army officer beat six people to death with an iron rod Tuesday in a street killing spree that sparked panic in an Indian city, police said. Naresh Dhankar, 45, began his two hour murder rampage in a .. Ghaziabad court shuts after protests over Ambedkar statue IANS Ghaziabad The Ghaziabad court was shut on Tuesday following noisy protests by a section of lawyers protesting against the removal by police of a statue of Dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar from the court compound. The .. ED summons Karti Chidambaram in INX media case IANS New Delhi The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons to Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader P Chidambaram, in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in FIPB clearance accorded to .. Former RAW chief Rajinder Khanna appointed deputy NSA IANS New Delhi The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appointed former RAW Chief Rajinder Khanna as the Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA), an official order .. No negative impact on Congress in Meghalaya: Lapang Shillong: Former Meghalaya Chief Minister D.D. Lapang on Tuesday said the exodus of some Congress legislators to other political parties will have no negative impact on the ruling party."Those who are not comfortable ..