On Monday, the Supreme Court urged the Centre and State Governments to make urgent provisions for food and monetory facilities to the sex workers without insisting them for their identity proof. The urge highlights that survival of lakhs of people got disturbed due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has inturn, forced the sex-works to work undertaking the fatal risk. This helplessness might cause the growth of the virus.
”They are under severe distress now, something urgent has to be done. This deals with the survival of lakhs of people…You [Centre and state governments] should do something without waiting for our directions, ” Justice Rao said.
The bench of Justices, L Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta, asked the Centre if it can deploy measures under the National Disaster Management Act and provide them assistance without anymore delay.
The court has posted the matter for hearing on 29th September and further asked the State Governments to stay prepared with their proposals to address the concerns of sex workers.