- Rekha was attending the sidelines of an official function in Meghalaya
- There were reports of trafficking of women from the region
Shillong: National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma has come to the front with her statement. She has stressed the need to create employment opportunities for women from the northeastern states to restrict trafficking of women on Tuesday. Rekha was attending the sidelines of an official function in Meghalaya, the report said.
The Chairperson said false dreams given by traffickers, the internet, financial weakness of the family and no means to sustain their livelihood in their homes is fueling trafficking of women from the northeastern region.
Sharma further said there were reports of trafficking of women from the region, who were trapped by traffickers through dubious means.
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 parlors but are often used for different reasons. In some cases, these women were trafficked out of the country, she added.
According to Rekha Sharma, 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.
Meanwhile, some reports also stated that many women of the region are engaged in agricultural activities and earn less than their male counterparts.
Some women who have no land of their own — widows or single mothers — often go out of their homes to work as daily laborers at construction sites or even in other people’s farms, where they earn less than their male counterparts for the same kind of work and hours, the reports added.