The Supreme Court has ordered sex workers to issue voter ID cards, Aadhaar and ration cards. The central government, all states and union territories are required to issue identity cards to sex workers. The apex court has also directed them to be given rations.
"Fundamental rights are the rights of every citizen and are enshrined in the Constitution," the Supreme Court said in a statement.
Sex workers have been ordered to issue voter ID cards, Aadhaar and ration cards so that they can enjoy basic rights.
The apex court has also directed them to be given rations.
Fundamental rights are the right of every Indian citizen, the Supreme Court has said in a landmark judgment. The Supreme Court on Tuesday (December 14) ordered sex workers to issue voter ID cards, Aadhaar and ration cards. The Central Government, all the States and Union Territories should issue identity cards to sex workers. The apex court has also directed them to be given rations.
The apex court on Tuesday (December 14) passed the order while hearing a petition filed by the NGO Durbar Mahila Samanvay Samiti. The petition states that sex workers faced a number of problems during the Corona epidemic. Earlier, on September 29 last year, the court had directed the Center and others to provide rations to sex workers without asking for proof of identity.
The bench said that the status report on issuance of ration card, voter identity card and Aadhar card to sex workers should be submitted within four weeks. A copy of the order should be sent to the state and district legal services authorities for necessary action, the bench said in its order. The government has also been instructed to keep the names and identities of sex workers confidential while preparing various identity cards. The court has directed that the report be submitted as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice L.S. Nageshwar Rao, Justice B.R. Singer and Justice B.V. The Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over Nagaratna's order to provide rations to sex workers in 2011, but it has not been implemented yet. The bench said that the state governments and the Union Territories were directed to issue ration cards and identity cards almost a decade ago. No reason has been given as to why those suggestions have not been implemented to date.