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 said.

PTI