New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed its dissatisfaction over the attitude of the Centre and the state governments over the rehabilitation of sex workers. The Apex Court has directed the governments to file an additional report giving recommendations on effective implementation of the suggestions given by the court.

Meanwhile, the court also flayed the Centre’s suggestion to provide vocational and technical education only in remand homes.
A bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra had constituted a panel to give suggestions on the rehabilitation of sex workers.

Notably, the Apex Court had constituted a watchdog panel consisting of senior advocates and NGOs for rehabilitation of sex workers headed by senior advocate Pradip Ghosh.

Reviewing the report, the court lauded the efforts by the Andhra Pradesh government but expressed disappointment over the reports from rest of the states. “A lot is remaining to be done in this regard,” the bench said.

The bench was unsatisfied by the reports from Delhi and Kolkata. Coming down hard on the Centre, the bench noted that the government had mentioned about rehabilitation of rescued sex workers and not about those who were willing to leave the flesh trade.

“Majority of the sex workers do not want to stay in rehab centres as they consider the places as jails,” the bench said while replying to Centre’s suggestion on vocational and technical training in these centres. It also cleared that the process will not be implemented forcefully and sex workers should be willing for the rehabilitation.

The bench also directed for a survey of sex workers in the metropolitan cities where they were willing to leave the profession

JPN/Bureau