Human Trafficking
There are more than 3 million prostituted women in India, out of which 1.2 million are young girls. MISSING, a public art campaign that aims to sensitize the populace to the desperate plight of millions of little girls who are trafficked for sexual exploitation. As per the reports of the National Crime Record Bureau there is a sharp increase in trafficking rate of adolescent girls and West Bengal state contributes a huge number to that.

Protection of women and the improvement of their human rights situation is the focal point of the human rights policy of the German Government. Germany is playing an active role by pushing various initiatives to combat violence against women in every sphere of their lives.

Through this unique idea of visual representation, Missing Collective artists. Leena Kejriwal and Amogh Lux are trying to address the grave issue of Human Trafficking. The German Consulate General Kolkata shares the same vision, passion and is happy to support them in this journey!
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata

Locker Charges
Central Bank of India suddenly jumped locker-charges from 01.07.2016 without informing the locker-holders, introducing a new system on charging rent from First July to Thirtieth June. Earlier system was rent to be effective from the day locker was taken on rent. It may be that such changes might have been done by other banks also including public-sector banks also.

It was not proper to effect such major changes without informing customers. Since Know-Your-Customer having details of e-mail IDs and mobile-numbers is available with banks, they should have been informed through SMSs and e-mails if not through most-desired Registered-Post.

More importantly, such a rational change should be systematic in accordance with fiscal-year of rather than First July to Thirtieth June. It may be recalled that earlier banks used to observe calendar-year as banking-year, which was later changed to fiscal-year. Likewise system for lockers should be changed to fiscal-year. Banking-year including for lockers may be auto changed to be in tune with fiscal-year whenever fiscal-year may be changed to calendar-year, an aspect presently under consideration.
Madhu Agrawal, Delhi

Vol. 49, No.41, April 16 - 22, 2017