Sex workers find relief after decades of struggle

Sex workers throughout India find relief after decades of struggle. A statement released by the supreme court stated that the police is prohibited to intervene with matters related to sex workers. This judgement was given during a trial in May. The day of the judgement was nothing short of a celebration say few women belonging to certain sex work groups. The Supreme Court also said that sex work is now legal. The workers have all rights in equality to the other people. The Court released six verdicts and this is the biggest lead in the case of sex workers and verdicts regarding their profession.

Sex work also popularly known as Prostitution, is the oldest form of work in India. It was conducted in groups at different places as brothels. These brothels are popularly known as the red light area. The women here are either sold to the brothel or lent away. The women who work here inevitably have always been disgraced and never given their rights. A known red light area in Mumbai is Kamathipura. The oldest brothel and the maximum voices of sex workers belong here. There has been multiple representations of Kamathipura in movies.

Filmy representation of sex workers

Alia Bhatt as Gangubai
Alia Bhatt in a still from Gangubai

Recently a film by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gangubai Kathiawadi starring Alia Bhatt talks about the plight of sex workers post-independence. This is based on a real story about Gangubai, the real voice of prostitutes. It is said that she paved way for sex workers to receive benefits. Gangubai Kathiawadi revolves around the brothel and the titular character, her struggle for the Kamathipura people and her life story. Similarly in a 2012 movie called Talaash, Kareena Kapoor plays the role of Simran. She is a sex worker from the red light area in Mumbai. The character Simran also talks about how people in the brothel are not included in the population and if people go missing from there it is not counted as their profession is illegal.

Taking it from 2012, ten years later the Supreme Court judgement shows development. A verdict was passed that police were not allowed to interfere in matters related to sex workers which is another step forward. The latest development at Kamathipura before the Supreme Court judgement was the place received its first ever all ladies post office in so many years. The line is getting closer and one day India will become a country where prostitution is absolutely normal to practice and is seen just as another profession.

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