Order to seal brothels: Sex workers left homeless in Meerut
Narrating their plight, Atul said that a sex worker’s daughter who is a student of Class 3 was advised to not attend school until she had her uniform.Updated: May 03, 2019 12:10 IST
Hindustan Times, MEERUT
Following the order of the Allahabad high court to seal all the brothels situated in the middle of the town here, the sex workers are finding it hard to survive.
In compliance with the court’s order, the police and the district administration claimed that evacuation notices had been served to the owners of the dwellings where the sex workers were staying.
The court had asked them to file the affidavit for the same and fixed the hearing on April 30, which is now scheduled for Friday.
Atul Sharma, president of an organisation Sankalp which has been working against human trafficking for the past 10 years, said that hundreds of sex workers had been shifted to the houses of those sex workers who had a permanent dwelling in the city.
She claimed that the sex workers were quite worried and upset ever since the court had directed to close down brothels. Police had locked their rooms without even giving them a chance to take their essential commodities, clothes, books and uniforms of their children, she claimed.
Narrating their plight, Atul said that a sex worker’s daughter who is a student of Class 3 was advised to not attend school until she had her uniform.
“Many students are facing a similar plight and the mothers don’t know what to do,” said Atul who claimed that documents were being collected to file an appeal in the Supreme Court to provide relief to these women.
Meanwhile, circle officer of Brahmpuri area Chakrapani Tripathi said, “We have tried our best to lock each and every dwelling and we are keeping a close eye in compliance with the court’s order.”
He said, “Soon CCTVs will be installed in every nook and corner of the area in order to keep a constant watch on the activities of sex workers.”
Earlier, the district administration and police had informed the court that no brothel existed in the red light area which was challenged by petitioner Sunil Choudhary, an advocate, through a public interest litigation.
On April 19, the Allahabad High Court had summoned senior superintendent of police Nitin Tiwari, district magistrate Anil Dhingra and chief medical officer Rajkumar and had directed them to submit an affidavit regarding closure of the alleged brothels.
First Published: May 03, 2019 12:09 IST