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HC Rejects PIL Seeking Directions For Sex Workers & LGBT Community Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

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The Delhi High Court on Monday refused from hearing, the PIL seeking direction for the welfare of the sex workers and the LGBT community.

A bench comprising Justice Rajiv SahaiEndlaw and Justice SangitaDhingraSehgal today while conducting hearing through video conferencing dismissed Public Interest Litigation filed by Advocate Anurag Chauhan who appeared in person seeking directions to the government to take necessary steps for protection, social security and welfare measures including food, accommodation, and medicine, etc. of sex workers and LGBT Community amid COVID-19 who do not have access to financial aid during Lockdown.

The petition stated that “…it is important that effective measures should be taken by the state government for sex workers & LGBT community people in Delhi during Lockdown on account of COVID-19 pandemic.“

It was contended that despite the exercise of due diligence by the petitioner and people in the society, they were unable to find any particulars or details regarding grant of any financial aid and scheme to sex workers & LGBT community by the Government.

Mr. Chauhan stated in his petition that they have also sent a representation to Chief Minister of Delhi and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to take welfare measures for the sex workers and the LGBT Community amid Lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak.

The PIL was filed only for the financial aid and welfare schemes to the sex workers & LGBT community people in Delhi.

The Court sought the list of the people who are getting affected due to the issue, whereas, the same was not provided by the petitioner. Hence, the court dismissed the petition.

-India Legal Bureau

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