New Delhi, Nov. 21 -- A comprehensive new law to combat all aspects of human trafficking ranging from prevention, pre-rescue and post-rescue to rehabilitation and resettlement of victims is on the way.

The government set up an inter-ministerial panel headed by women and child development secretary V Somasundaran on November 16 to frame the law within six months.

In an affidavit before the Supreme Court, the women and child development ministry said the panel will also suggest measures for strengthening the victim protection protocol to ensure that a trafficked person is treated as a victim and not an offender.

Human trafficking has been on the rise in India, with 2,285 cases reported in 2014 under various laws dealing with the crime incl...