New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered the police of all states and Union Territories not to interfere in the work of sex workers. The court, while considering sex work as a profession, said that the police should not take criminal action against women who do adult and consensual sex work. The top court said that sex workers are also entitled to dignity and equal protection under the law. See the slider image to read the full order of the Supreme Court.
A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai and AS Bopanna issued six directions towards securing the rights of sex workers, saying sex workers are also entitled to equal protection of the law. The supreme court said that, when it becomes clear that the sex worker is an adult and is doing it of her own free will, the police should refrain from interfering in it and taking criminal action.
The Supreme Court said that every person in this country has the right to a dignified life under Article 21 of the Constitution. The court also ordered that whenever the police raided, it should not arrest or harass sex workers, as it is not illegal to indulge in sex work out of desire, it is illegal to run only brothels.