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Drive to make sex workers independent

In a bid to provide alternative livelihood options to sex workers of GB Road, the police have initiated a programme to train and engage the women in handicrafts and other small-scale businesses. Karn Pratap Singh reports.

delhi Updated: Oct 20, 2012 23:27 IST
Karn Pratap Singh

In a bid to provide alternative livelihood options to sex workers of GB Road, the police have initiated a programme to train and engage the women in handicrafts and other small-scale businesses.

The drive under the Yuva scheme will help sex workers become self-defendant. Over two dozen sex workers have joined the drive, named Katkth, that started around a week back at Farash Khana area in Kamla Market.

The police, through this initiative, are also providing free education to the children of sex workers so that they don't get into illegal activities to earn their livelihood.

"The objective of the programme, a campaign started by Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, is to bring underprivileged women and children to the mainstream," said Devesh Chandra Srivastava, additional CP (central).

Rashmi Sharma, assistant commissioner of police (probationer), who is primarily looking after such initiatives, said, "The number of sex workers participating in our campaign is increasing every day. So far, 25 sex workers and more than 20 children have joined the drive."

According to Sharma, the participants are being trained in making jute bags, mats, pen stands and other household items. Besides, they are also being given training in beauty treatment, boutique and cloth-designing and other job-oriented professional courses.

"Professional trainers will teach the women at centres run by Pahel Society, an NGO.

Sharma said that the minors are being educated by primary level teachers and volunteers who have willingly joined the campaign.

"Once the children are through with primary education, we will help them get admission in government schools," Sharma said.