Sex workers’ children can’t be stigmatised, NCPR tells SC

New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) today told the Supreme Court that children of sex workers should be provided special educational facilities under the Right To Education Act, by integrating them with the mainstream society. Commission Chairperson Shantha Sinha, appearing before a special bench of justices Altamas Kabir and Gyan Sudha however, opposed setting up of any special schools for these children as it would be a “greater stigmatisation”. “No, no that will lead to a greater stigmatisation,” she said in response to a query from the bench as to whether special schools could be constituted for children of sex workers. The apex court had earlier constituted a panel comprising senior advocates and representatives of various NGOs to suggest measures to wean away sex workers from the flesh trade and formulate their rehabilitation measures. The NCPCR chairperson said that to avoid stigmatisation of the children of sex workers, authorities should ensure that they do not insist details of the child’s parentage, birth, caste and other details. She further submitted that a congenial atmosphere like sufficient accommodation should be created to the children as otherwise they are bound to be influenced by the activities of their mothers as presently most of the sex workers live in one-room tenements. The apex court had earlier appointed senior advocates Pradeep Ghosh and Jayant Bhushan, to head a special panel to look into the rehabilitation and other measures for sex workers in the country.

Sex workers’ children can’t be stigmatised, NCPR tells SC

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