“What discussions Her Majesty’s government has had with the government of India with regard to (a) the legal system and remedies for domestic and personal violence, (b) the right to education for all, (c) the rehabilitation of prostitutes, and (d) police training, especially in relation to human trafficking.
The Rt Hon Lord Howel of Guildford replied for the Government:
The UK’s development cooperation with India provides a platform to discuss issues of governance, personal security and human development with the Government of India and individual state governments.
(a) The Department for International Development (DFID) has recently discussed the legal system and remedies for domestic and personal violence with the State Government of Bihar, where high levels of violence against women have been reported.
(b) We are encouraged that the 2009 Right to Education Act came into effect in India in April 2010. DFID maintains a regular dialogue with the Government of India and the States on implementing the Right to Education Act of 2009. DFID is supporting the Act through a £50 million contribution to India’s flagship Education for All programme.
(c) DFID is helping to protect the health and personal security of millions of sex workers across India by supporting India’s National AIDS Control Programme.
(d) Although we have not discussed police training in relation to human trafficking with the Government of India, we work closely with state governments on police training. For example, DFID is currently in discussion the Government of Bihar regarding the inclusion of police reform activities under the Bihar Governance Project. The EU also funded a project from 2006-2010 which focused on assisting children vulnerable to or survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. In addition, through the EU, we continue to encourage India to ratify and implement the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and its Protocol on People Trafficking.