COVID-19: Gauhati HC Tells Authorities to Provide Ration to Sex Workers of Pan patty2 min read


The Gauhati court in an interim order passed on Friday directed the deputy commissioner of Cachar district to instantly offer free ration (rice, pulses, oil, among others) and things of daily need to sex staff and their families living within the Panpatty red light area. The COVID-19 pandemic has left sex staff out of work and pushed them into penury over the past year.

Pan patty in Silchar is taken into account to be the northeast’s solely red light area, with many brothels, and is home to many sex staff. because of the shortage of ration cards and different civic entitlements, these sex staff hasn’t been ready to receive any government aid amidst the raging pandemic.

The interim order comes when public interest litigation (PIL) was filed on might twenty-one at the Gauhati Court by Debajit Gupta, an activist primarily based in Silchar, to focus on the deplorable conditions of sex staff and their families brought upon them by the pandemic.

The Gauhati court directed the deputy commissioner of Cachar district likewise because the secretary, District Legal Services Authority to “immediately offer ration to those families”.

The state chapter of the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) additionally impleaded within the proceeding when the petitioner conducted two-fact finding missions at the red light space within the course of the past 5 months.

The tribunal order expressed, “We are educated that deputy commissioner, Cachar, has already known these sex staff and their families since a project is being run under the DC [deputy commissioner] and by NACO [National AIDS management Organisation]. Since it’s a pressing scenario, let the higher than ration be provided to them these days itself.”

In the petition filed in Gauhati court, Debajit Gupta expressed that within the course of the fact-finding mission at Panpatty found that the sex staff, on account of losing their bread and butter for the past one year because of the pandemic, reside miserable lives.

Gupta additionally found that the sex stuff wasn’t receiving any sponsored food grains below the National Food Security Act, 2013.

The petitioner additionally realized that the red light space has many youngsters at intervals the age teams between six months and 6 years alongside pregnant mothers and lactating mothers, who are entitled to nutritive food things from the native Anganwadi center under the Supplementary Nutrition Programme of the govt. of India however, was deprived of any such advantages.

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