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Prostitution Not an Offence; Adult Woman Has Right to Choose her Vocation": Bombay HC Orders Release of 3 Sex Workers from Corrective Institution

Lawstreet Journal 29 Sep 2020 3:43am

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The bench heard the plea of 3 sex workers challenging the order dated 19.10.2019 passed by the Metropolitan Magistrate, Mazgaon under Section 17(2) of the said Act as well as the order dated 22.11.2019 passed by the Additional Sessions Judge, Dindoshi in Criminal Appeal No. 284 of 2019 which upheld the order dated 19.10.2019.

A Trap was laid (to catch women traffickers) by complainant-Rupesh Ramchandra More, Police Constable on the secret information received that that a person by name Mr. Nijamuddin Khan, a pimp provides women for prostitution at a guest house in Malad. The victim (A), (B), and (C) were produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate on 13.09.2019.

The learned Magistrate, inter alia, called for a report from the Probation Officer in respect of antecedents, character, and suitability of relatives of the Victims (A), (B), and (C) for taking their charge. Intermediate custody of victims (A), (B), and (C) had been given to Navjeevan Mahila Vasti Griha, Deonar, Mumbai. The learned Magistrate also thought it fit to direct an NGO, Justice, and Care to give a primary education to victims (A), (B), and (C) during their stay in “Navjeevan Mahila Vasatigruha”.

The Magistrate also declined custody of the victims to their mothers as the victims were found involved in sex work for Prostitution having an age group of 20 to 22 years. Having taken into consideration all the facts and circumstances and after going through Sections 17(1), (2), (3), (4), and (6) of the Act, the victims (A), (B), and (C) were detained… Continue Reading...


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