HIV positive sex worker granted bail by apex court

An HIV positive sex worker, sentenced to seven years imprisonment for running a brothel in Pune and procuring girls for prostitution, has been granted bail by the Supreme Court on humanitarian ground.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 11:57 AM IST

New Delhi: An HIV positive sex worker,
sentenced to seven years imprisonment for running a brothel
in Pune and procuring girls for prostitution, has been granted
bail by the Supreme Court on humanitarian ground.

A bench of Justices H S Bedi and C K Prasad released
the HIV positive sex worker on bail for six months on a plea
made by her counsel Gurdeep Singh, who had come to the apex
court after dismissal of her bail plea earlier by the Bombay
High Court.

Lodged in Pune`s Yerwada jail since May 13, last year,
the sex worker had been convicted on various offences under
provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of
Immoral Traffic Prevention Act for procuring minor girls and
forcing them into prostitution.
As per the bail plea filed by Singh, the woman had
been first arrested on November 17, 2006, following a raid
conducted by Pune Police at her brothel in the city.

The raid was conducted at the instance of some civil
society workers, who had tipped-off the police about minor
girls, procured from far-flung areas in Nepal and elsewhere,
and having been forced into prostitution.

Police had rescued four to five women and nine minor
girls from a hidden cell in the building. The girls had told
the police that they were brought to Pune with assurance of
employment, but were sold at the brothel.
The trial court convicted the sex worker in May last
year, ordering the woman to be taken into custody. Earlier,
she had been released on bail during her trial.

In the bail plea, Singh pleaded that irreparable
damage would be done to her client`s health if she is not
released on bail at the earliest and provided access to proper
medicare.

Contending that the high court "has pathetically erred
in rejecting the bail application," the counsel pleaded that
the judicial order on his client`s bail plea needed to take
into account the fact that she needs utmost care, love and
affection and the best possible medical treatment.

PTI