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Examine the impact that the Supreme Court judgement, essentially recognising sex work as ‘profession’ will have in ensuring dignity of sex workers and ending their abuse.

Topic: Social empowerment.

2. Examine the impact that the Supreme Court judgement, essentially recognising sex work as ‘profession’ will have in ensuring dignity of sex workers and ending their abuse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The HinduThe Hindu

Why the question:

With the Centre yet to come up with a law on sex workers, the Supreme Court, in exercise of its powers under Article 142, has issued a series of directions on their “rehabilitation”, including for sensitising police to treat sex workers with dignity and to avoid abusing them or subjecting them to violence.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about impact the SC judgement will have on life and livelihood of sex workers.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context about the judgement of the SC.

Body:

First, write about the various issues faced by sex workers in India – conflation with trafficking, criminalising sex work, Violence, Violation of Human Rights of Sex Workers, Discrimination in Medical Facilities, issue with documentation etc.

Next, write about remedial steps to be taken in this regard – access to basic service and facilities,  Fully decriminalise sex work and related activities, act against violence faced by sex workers, strengthen accountability of law enforcement, prevent trafficking etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.