D-Sector for Development Community

   Sunday, February 17, 2019
Agriculture - Duties and Rights - Education - Environment - Food - Global - Governance - Health - Indian Economy - Indian Society - Physical Development - Social Welfare - Water and Sanitation
Print | Back
Issue ration and voter cards to sex workers: Supreme Court


Taking into account recommendations of a panel of experts, the Supreme Court has directed the Centre and State Governments to consider providing ration cards and voter identity cards to sex workers as a step towards their rehabilitation.

The SC bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra passed an order to this effect after a Court-appointed panel comprising two senior lawyers Pradip Ghosh and Jayant Bhushan recommended the same to the Court.

Welcoming the judgement, Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini, an NGO working for the welfare of sex-workers, said, “Issuing the sex workers an identity card like a voter or ration card would open channels for the sex workers to integrate in the society and have a decent livelihood”.

“We want them to have an identity of a citizen of India and not of a sex worker. Once the identification process starts we can rescue and rehabilitate girls who are forced into flesh trade”, Rishi Kant added.

The SC bench asked the Centre and States “to ensure that the admission of the children of sex workers in appropriate classes in the Government schools and Government sponsored schools and schools run by the Municipal and District level authorities is not hampered in any way, because of their tainted social status.”

In its third report the panel also recommended an appropriate order directing the State Governments, local authorities and Election Commission to issue Ration Cards and Voter I-cards to the sex workers treating them as persons in special category and relaxing the rigours of the rules/requirements regarding the verification of their address and without mentioning their profession in the card.

On asking about the nationality issues of sex workers who have migrated from countries like Bangladesh and Nepal, the activist from Shakti Vahini said that the government was very clear that their cases would strictly be subjected to their country’s judicial system and not India’s.

Write to d-sector  |  Editor's Note

 Other Articles in Political Development
Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

Lead View
People, Partition and the Pain
By Rina Mukherji
15 Aug 2013

Dr Jayanti Basu's book analyzes the complex feelings of hatred and longing for the homeland that have contributed to shaping the personalities of a generation of people who were forced to ..
Book Shelf

Yamuna Manifesto

A Journey in the Future of Water

Spoiling Tibet

On Western Terrorism
Devinder Sharma
Carmen Miranda
Pandurang Hegde
Sudhirendar Sharma
Member Login
- New Member
- Forgot Password

WoW Gold,Buy WoW Gold,Website Design,Web Design,Health Tips,Health Guides,NFL News,NFL Jerseys,Fashion Design,Home Design,Replica Handbags,Replica Bags,Jewelry Stores,Wedding Jewelry,WOW Gold,Cheap WoW Gold,Wedding Dresses,Evening Dresses,MMORPG Guides,MMORPG Tips,Fashion Jewelry,Fashion Crystal,Sexy Lingerie,Best Sexy Lingerie,Fashion Clothing,Fashion Shoes,Travel News,Travel Guides,Education News,Education Tips