Diwali has brought good news for children of sex workers and those rescued from the clutches of child labour. The enforcement branch of the Mumbai police along with NGOs will provide them free education in schools and open bank accounts in their name in an attempt to secure their future.
“As part of this initiative, 102 children of sex workers will be rehabilitated. At least four NGOs have expressed their willingness to help us in building their future,” BG Shekhar, deputy commissioner of police, enforcement, told DNA. He said the NGOs will sponsor their education, including the school fee, uniform and transportation charges.
“After the children get admission in schools, a joint account will be opened in the name of the student and the principal. Donors can contribute by crediting money in their account. The police will not monitor the accounts to ensure transparency,” explained Shekhar.
A police officer said a card will be made for every student which would include his/her profile, address, contact number, teacher’s phone number and bank account details. The card will be given to donors.
“We had meetings with 10 principals of private and municipal schools in connection with our plan,” the officer said. “There is a stigma associated with children of sex workers. It becomes difficult for them to lead normal lives because society does not accept them with open arms. Also, their mothers cannot provide them with everything because of their meagre earnings.”
A sex worker gets only 30% of the money that a customer pays. The remaining is shared between the pimp and brothel owners, according to the police.