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Proposal to legalise prostitution to be placed before SC panel: NCW

National Commission for Women (NCW) Chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam Wednesday said that proposal for legalising prostitution in India will be placed before the Supreme Court constituted panel Nov 8.

“The proposal for legalising prostitution will be put forth in the National Consultation scheduled to be held on Nov 8 by Supreme Court panel…,” NCW said in a statement.

The apex court had constituted the panel after a public interest litigation was filed 2010 on the rehabilitation of sex workers.

Further in its order dated Aug 24, 2011, the court had directed NCW to attend the meetings of the panel.

“The panel has to make certain recommendations for the possible amendments in Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 [ITPA] in the light of conditions conducive for sex workers to live with dignity in accordance with the provision of Article 21 of the Constitution,” added the statement.

The Supreme Court constituted panel would deliberate on the existing provisions of ITPA, loopholes, implementation of the law and the impact of such implementation on the sex workers and their lives.

She denied media report that she was planning to put forward the proposal of legalising prostitution at the Cabinet meet.

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