Mumbai: Stating that prostitution is not a criminal offense under law, Justice Prithviraj Chavan of Bombay High Court on Thursday ordered the administration to immediately release three women sex workers detained at a corrective home for almost one year.
The High Court judge stated, “Prostitution is not a criminal offense under the law and adult women are entitled to their fundamental right to choose their vocation.
Last year, police officials raided a guest house in Malad and “rescued” the three women and arrested their pimp under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
Justice Chavan opined, “What is punishable under the Act is sexual exploitation or abuse of person for commercial purposes and to earn the bread, except where a person is carrying on prostitution in a public place or is found soliciting or seducing another person.”
Justice Chavan quashed the orders issued by the magistrate and the sessions court while criticizing the decision of the Metropolitan magistrate for detaining the girls in a corrective home instead of sending them home to their families and ordered the release of the three women, holding that adult women are entitled to their right to move freely and choose their profession,