Bharat Kumar, Hindustan Times, Varanasi, April 25
Planning Commission member Dr Saida Hamid indicated that the government would ensure arrangements for the rehabilitation of sex workers and their children in the 11th Five Year Plan.
“The study for their rehabilitation is in full swing with the Union government. The proposed rehabilitation process would not remain limited to only preparation of papads and pickles for economic survival but may be also associated with their traditional art of singing and dancing,” she said. The government may also consider some schemes of a local NGO ‘Guria’ for the adequate rehabilitation of sex workers,” she added. This was expressed by Dr Hamid during the inspection of Shivdaspur red light area on Monday evening. She inspected the primary school run by ‘Guria’ in the redlight area for the uplift and development of children.
Dr Hamid interacted in detail with the sex workers and got acquainted with their problems of economic survival caused by police ban on voluntarily flesh trade.
Many sex workers complained to her that police were engaged in carrying out atrocities on them by stopping the customers from coming here so that they have come on the verge of starvation. They are incapable of providing two time meals to their kids for the last six months. Police have been threatening them to vacate their houses and go to some other place without making any alternative arrangement for their survival.
Dr Hamid scolded the concerned police personnel and an official of Social Welfare department not to torture the adult sex workers in the name of flesh trade.
Sex workers along with their kids in a large number welcomed Dr Hamid with rolling tears when she, accompanied by president of Guria, Ajit Singh, reached the red light area. She assured all possible help for their rehabilitation.
Later, on Tuesday, the woman official accompanied by Dr Roli Singh of an NGO ‘Paharuwa’ took stock of different governmental welfare schemes in Bhadohi and Mirzapur districts. She found out massive level irregularities in an Anganbari centre of a slum at Gohilao village in Bhadohi district.
She found that only one female activist was present there without any children. During the inspection of slums, she found that 75 per cent kids
had been suffering from malnutrition