Surely this is not for the very first time that Delhi Police took the initiative to impart vocational training to GB Road’s sex workers. However, when they did in 2012, few women-only showed interest. But with the covid pandemic, many sex workers have now shown interest in vocational training.
With the initiative of ‘ Hunar Jyoti’, sex workers take to art to survive the current covid pandemic
There are many sex workers from Delhi’s GB road who are looking for an escape route from the profession. Also, some are at least looking for an alternative career until business picks up after the covid pandemic. The initiative has been taken by ‘Hunar Jyoti’. Hunar Jyoti is a joint initiative of Delhi Police, DSLA(Delhi State Legal Services Authority) and NGO NAMES(Naina Activity Educational Society).
Sanjay Bhatia is the deputy commissioner of police of the central district. He said, “In the first three days, the sex workers are being trained in painting designer clay lamps and making paper packets. Over the next few days and weeks, they’ll be trained to make incense sticks, keyrings and work with fabrics.”
Unlike earlier in 2012 wherein dozens of women showed interest, this time about 200 women have registered and half of them have shown interest in training. Due to pandemic, they are financially broken and are looking for other jobs. They understand that due to covid pandemic there is a risk of infection and hence sex work may not be as feasible as before. So Delhi Police is trying to wean them away from sex work taking this as an opportunity.
Furthermore, The DSLA has taken the initiative to help the sex workers open bank accounts, procure ration and Aadhar cards, etc.