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Household goods in 15 Meerut brothels seized

Speaking of the adverse effect it has had on their sales, the shopkeepers say the brothels kept women buyers off the area. Now the market will be like any other in the city, after seizing of 15 brothels.

lucknow Updated: May 17, 2019 11:54 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Prostitutes line the street outside of a Falkland Road Brothel in a red-light neighborhood in Bombay (now Mumbai).(HT File/Representative Image)

Residents of colonies and shopkeepers around the red light area in the Old City have welcomed the closure of brothels.

Notwithstanding the somewhat adverse effect it has had on their sales, the shopkeepers say the brothels kept women buyers off the area. Now the market will be like any other in the city.

To note, earlier the district administration had sealed 75 brothels and on Wednesday it confiscated household goods in 15 brothels while proceedings are underway for similar action against remaining brothels.

City magistrate Rajesh Kumar Pandey said that the action was taken on the basis of the reports of district probation officer (DPO).

He said 55 brothels of Brahmpuri and Delhi gate area were sealed after issuing notices almost a month before in compliance with the Allahabad high court order.

He has so far received status reports of 15 brothels from the DPO and after going through the reply to notices, confiscation orders were issued against all 15 brothels while reports of remaining 40 brothels were also expected soon, said Pandey.

However, the officials do not have a satisfactory reply over the whereabouts of the 400 sex workers who lived in these brothels for decades.

“I am just complying with the courts orders. I found no one inside the houses during sealing and confiscation,” said Pandey.

Atul Sharma, president of an organisation Sankalp which works against human trafficking, claimed that many sex workers had returned to their native places in Rajasthan while the others had taken shelters with their well-wishers in different localities.

RTI activist Lokesh Khurana said, “We made it a point in the petition that the red light was in a crowded place of the old city where educational institutions were located.

The petition was filed in June 2018 in Allahabad HC to close down the brothels in the interest of the society and locals.”

The next hearing in the case is now listed for May 29.

First Published: May 17, 2019 11:54 IST