Sex workers also have the right to live with dignity, police should not disturb: Supreme Court

Pankaj Prasad
Supreme Court
Supreme Court

The police should also avoid criminal action against them.

New Delhi: People indulging in prostitution also have the right to live with dignity. Police should not harass them in any way. Nor should they be forced into any sexual activity. These things have been said by the Supreme Court. Considering prostitution as a profession, the top court has given several instructions to the police and the states. The top court has also asked the Press Council of India to issue some necessary guidelines for journalists.

There should be no interference in the work of sex workers

The Supreme Court has also told the states and union territories that there should be no interference in the work of sex workers. They are also entitled to equal respect and protection like common people. A division bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai and AS Bopanna said that when it becomes clear that the sex worker is acting of her own free will, the police should not interfere in her case. The police should also avoid criminal action against him.

Sex workers are also entitled to help in case of sexual harassment

The Bench has said that if a sex worker is sexually assaulted, all facilities available to the victim of sexual assault should be provided along with immediate medical aid in accordance with the law. The three-judge bench said that it has been observed that the behavior of the police towards sex workers is cruel and violent.

sex workers should not be harassed

The Supreme Court said that sex workers are entitled to all basic human rights and other rights guaranteed in the Constitution like any citizen of the country. The court said that the police should not harass them in any form. They should be treated with respect. The court also said that sex workers should not be forced to do any sexual activity against their will.

The court said- guidelines should be issued for the media

The Supreme Court bench has asked the Press Council of India to issue appropriate guidelines, in which it should be clarified that the identity of any sex worker should not be revealed during the arrest, raid or any other operation. Whether he is the accused or the victim.

Shelter homes will be surveyed

The Supreme Court has asked the state governments to conduct a survey of their shelter homes, so that those who have been detained against their wishes, can be reviewed and released in a time-bound manner. The division bench of the Supreme Court also said that things used by sex workers for their health and safety should not be considered criminal material. Such materials can no longer be produced in court as evidence.