The Allahabad High Court has directed the State Government to file its response to a Public Interest Litigation seeking the establishment of Special Courts in each District of U.P. to try cases under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.
The Prayer made in the PIL is to issue an appropriate writ, order or direction for respondents to ensure the establishment of more special courts in each and every district of the State of Uttar Pradesh to adjudicate trials under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.
According to the petitioner, human trafficking in the State of Uttar Pradesh is on rise but due to lack of courts, no adequate steps have been taken to combat such trafficking.
The submission is supported by placing on record several official documents as well as the studies made by different non-governmental organizations.
Counsel has also brought to notice of the Court that even during the period of Covid-19 restrictions, such trafficking is rampant. A complete study made by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes has also placed on record wherein Chapter- 6A relates human trafficking and its impact in different states of the country.
Having considered all facts stated in the petition for writ and the documents annexed thereto, a bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agarwal deemed it appropriate to have response from the State.
Consequently the Court has directed to list the petition on 18th January, 2021. The respondent-State in the meanwhile may file a counter affidavit to the petition for writ.
Title: Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan vs State of U.P. and Another
Case No.: PIL 1492 of 2020
Date of Order 07.12.2020
Coram:Hon’ble Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agarwal