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Maintain Confidentiality of Details of Sex Workers "Nobody expects to be in the public and take the risk of being grinded": Supreme Court to States

Lawstreet Journal 2 Apr 2022 12:49am

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Directions were given to the States, by the Supreme Court on 31st March’2022, in order to maintain confidentiality of the personal details submitted by the sex workers for claiming the benefits of Ration and Voter ID. The Supreme Court issued these directions in pursuance to its recent order in the said regard. 

The Bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice BR Gavai asked the counsels appearing for the State to pass necessary instructions to the authorities in order to enable the confidentiality as directed. 

"Nobody expects to be in the public and take the risk of being grinded," the bench said. 

The Bench opined that this was a necessary step as otherwise, the sex workers will not be able to claim the benefits.

The directions came as a result of comprehending a long pending petition pertaining to the rights of the Sex Workers. The Supreme Court condemned the fact that even after 12 years of pendency of the matter the Central Government has been unable to carve out any proper legislation over this issue in the interest of the Community. 

Earlier on 14th December 2021, The Apex Court had directed the States/ Union Territories to issue identity cards and distribute dry rations to sex workers, from the list maintained by the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO).  The authorities were permitted to take assistance from State AIDS control societies as well. 

In the hearing that took place today, the Supreme Court bench was informed how in Maharashtra these cards carry… Continue Reading...


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