Distressed and Disappointed: Sex Workers Write to Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray for Immediate Action Regarding Violence Against Sex Workers

  1. On 23 July 2020, the Department of Women and Child, Government of Maharashtra issued a circular calling on the district administration and WCD to support sex workers and those rescued under ITPA during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this It was said “The women in sex work (Veshya Vyavsay) and the women who have left sex work have lost their income generation options. Due to lock down they are not able to get other jobs either which leads them and their families to starve. You should provide free ration and all essential services to the above-mentioned women.” [Translation of Letter dated 23 July 2020, Women and Child Department, Government of Maharashtra].
  2. This letter from WCD, Maharashtra was used in a Supreme Court judgment on 29 September 2020 wherein the Supreme Court of India has passed directives for sex workers to receive dry rations and other benefits without insisting on their identity. As per the order this relief should be provided by CBOs who are in contact with the sex workers.

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National Network of Sex Workers India

National Network of Sex Workers India

NNSW is a national network of sex worker-led organisations and allies committed to promoting the rights of sex workers in India.