SC pulls up States on sex workers' rehabilitation
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed
displeasure at the "vague" response of states on
rehabilitation of an estimated three million sex workers
across the country.
A bench of justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha
Mishra regretted that despite its earlier direction, the
states chose to respond with only vague suggestions instead of
coming out with any concrete measures for the rehabilitation.
"We are not satisfied with the affidavits already filed
by the state governments before us. Their contents are vague
and too general. We had expected the state governments to come
forward with specific schemes for giving technical training to
sex workers but that has not been done," the apex court said
in an order.
The bench directed Secretaries, Social Welfare
Departments of the state governments and the central
government to consult the high-powered panel constituted by it
on July 21 "so as to discuss how proper schemes in the spirit
of our orders can be prepared."
"So, by the next date, we expect the states' counsels to
come out with some effective feedback whether at least a few
sex workers have been offered any alternative employment in
case they were willing for rehabilitation," the apex court