In these words, the Supreme Court recognized prostitution as a profession on Thursday, proclaiming that sex workers are entitled to dignity and equal protection under the law.
Jusice L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai and AS Bopanna, issued six directives to protect the rights of sex workers, stating: Police must not intervene or file criminal proceedings if it is clear that the sex worker is an adult and participates with consent. It is not necessary to dispute that everyone in this country has the right to live a decent life under Article 21 regardless of profession.
The Supreme Court has ordered sex workers not to be arrested, fined, or harassed. Attacks on brothels should be illegal, as voluntary sex work is not illegal, only running a brothel is illegal. Court also instructed police not to discriminate against sex workers and called for raising awareness of sex workers.
The three judges also took great care not to reveal the identity of sex workers during different rescue operations in media. It should not be published or broadcast.” This will lead to the disclosure of such identities. “
The apex court added that such a passed directive would retain areas where legislation from the federal government was pending..
We will take a closer look at the history of India’s profession, what existing law says, and why this order is important to the country. its the oldest profession known by the world.
In India, their existence can be traced back to ancient times, and the scriptures describe the existence of three types of women. The second was a woman who lived as a nun, away from men. The third type was a woman who had multiple lovers and was not obsessed with one man. In the later era of
, such women were considered to be the gods of the temple or the wife of Devadasi who saw their god among all their lovers. This last type of woman has often been described in contemporary literature as an old sex worker, a prostitute, or a holy concubine.
British troops are reported to have established and maintained brothels for their troops throughout India in the 19th century. The BBC reported that many girls in their early teens from poor Indian rural families were recruited and paid directly by the military.
The British have died for a long time, but the profession of prostitution continues in the country. It is estimated that there are about 800,000 sex workers in India, but the actual number could be as high as 200,000 nationwide.