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SC Issues Directions: Police Should Not Abuse Sex Workers, Media Should Not Publish Their Pictures During Raid & Rescue Operations

Lawstreet Journal 26 May 2022 2:12am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary SC Issues Directions: Police Should Not Abuse Sex Workers, Media Should Not Publish Their Pictures During Raid & Rescue Operations

On Wednesday, in "Budhadev Karmaskar v. State of West Bengal And Ors.", the Supreme Court directed that the police should treat sex workers with dignity as well as not abuse them, verbally or physically, by asserting that the basic protection of human decency and dignity extends to sex workers also.

SC stated that,

"Notwithstanding the profession, every individual in this country has a right to a dignified life under Article 21."

The Court further held that the media should not publish their pictures or reveal their identities while reporting rescue operations. If the media publishes pictures of sex workers with their clients, the offence of voyeurism under Section 354C of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 should be enforced. The Indian Press Council has been tasked with issuing appropriate guidelines in this regard.

In exercising its power under Article 142 of the Indian Constitution, the Court issued these directions, recognising the recommendations made by a court-appointed panel on the rights of sex workers.

The Apex Court stated that,

"...basic protection of human decency and dignity extends to sex workers and their children, who, bearing the brunt of social stigma attached to their work, are removed to the fringes of the society, deprived of their right to live with dignity and opportunities to provide the same to their children."

SC further added,

"It need not be again said that, notwithstanding the profession, every individual in this country has a right to a dignified life under Article 21 of the Constitution of… Continue Reading...


Tagged: Sex Workers   Supreme Court of India   Budhadev Karmaskar   State of West Bengal And Ors   Article 21   Constitution of India   Indian Penal Code   1860   Section 354C   Article 142   Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act   Justice L. Nageswara Rao   Justice B.R. Gavai   Justice A.S. Bopanna   Section 357C   Code of Criminal Procedure   1973  
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