Gaurav Jain v. Union of India and Ors.

Name of the CaseGaurav Jain v. Union of India
Citation1990 AIR 292, 1989 SCR Supl. (2) 173, 1990 SCC Supl. 709 JT,  1989 (4) 315, 1989 SCALE (2)1126
Year of the case1997
AppellantGaurav Jain  
RespondentUnion Of India & Ors.  
 Bench/JudgesK. Ramaswamy
CourtThe Supreme Court of India
Acts InvolvedThe Constitution of India, 1950: Article 32–Public interest litigation–School admission for children of prostitutes–Plea for separate schools and hostels–Rejected–Committee set up to examine all aspects of the problems and to submit a report.

This case dealt with one of the biggest social evils of all times, which has prevailed in the Indian society, i.e., prostitution. This case specifically didn’t deal with this theme. Rather it questioned the status of children of prostitutes in Indian society. This work deals with the various facets and aspects of the given case highlighting its facts, issues, and judgment. This work also analyses itself through the logical support taken by various case laws to substantiate itself.

Introduction and Facts of the case

The petitioner, an Advocate, recorded a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) under the watchful eye of the Supreme Court (SC) of India, in light of an article “A Red Light Trap: Society allows to prostitutes’offspring” distributed in the magazine ‘India Today’ dated July 11, 1988. The petitioner appealed to God for building up independent instructive foundations for the offspring of the fallen ladies (a term utilized by the SC all through the judgment). The SC expressed in its request dated 15-11-1989 that “isolating offspring of prostitutes by finding separate schools and giving separate inns would not be in light of a legitimate concern for the youngsters and the general public on the loose”. While the Supreme Court didn’t acknowledge the supplication for independent lodgings for offspring of whores, it felt that “convenience in inns and other reformatory homes ought to be satisfactorily accessible to help isolation of these kids from their moms living in prostitute homes when they are distinguished”.

Background of the case

This writ petition has been recorded arguing for independent schools and lodgings for the offspring of whores.

For the benefit of respondents, it was fought that since they are in actuality undesirable offspring of whores it is in light of a legitimate concern for such youngsters and the general public everywhere that they are isolated from their moms and be permitted to blend with others and become some portion of the general public.

The Court set up a committee comprising of 4 Advocates and 3 Social Workers to investigate the issue and coordinating posting of the issue on receipt of the Committee’s report.


  1. Offspring of whores ought not to be allowed to live in a fiery blaze and the unfortunate environmental factors of whore homes. This is especially so for little youngsters whose body and psyche are probably going to be manhandled with developing age for being conceded into the calling of their moms. While separate schools and inns for prostitute youngsters are not attractive, convenience in inns and other reformatory homes ought to be satisfactorily made accessible to help isolation of these kids from their moms living in prostitute homes when they are distinguished.
  2. The Committee currently set up will investigate the issues and present its report inside about two months. [The Court coordinated the Ministry of Welfare, Deptt. of Women and Child Development working under the Union of India to store a total of Rs.20,000 inside about fourteen days to meet the costs of the Committee].


The Hon’ble Supreme Court comprised a Committee guiding it to present a report giving recommendations for suitable activity. Endless supply of the report of the Committee, the SC detailed the accompanying inquiries for choice: –

  1. What are the privileges of the offspring of fallen ladies, the modules to isolate them from their moms and others to give them security, care, and restoration in the standard of the national life?
  2. What ought to be the plan to be advanced to destroy prostitution, i.e., the source itself; and what help and food can be given to the fallen survivors of substance exchange?

Related provisions

In its judgment, the Supreme Court cited the Fundamental Rights of women and children from the Constitution of India (to be specific, Articles 14, 15, 16, 21, 23, 24, 38, 39, 45, 46) and important worldwide instruments. The Court pondered on the explanations behind prostitution and the continuation of the casualties in calling and perceived that the casualties are poor people, unskilled and oblivious areas of the general public who are the objective gathering in the tissue exchange; rich networks abuse them and reap at their wretchedness and disgrace in a sorted out gangsterism, specifically, with police nexus. The Court held that ladies found in the tissue exchange, ought to be seen more as survivors of unfavourable financial conditions as opposed to as wrongdoers in our general public. Similarly, the privilege of the kid is the worry of the general public, so fallen ladies outperform dealing of her individual from abuse; add to raise her kids; carry on with an existence with poise, and not to proceed in the foul social condition. Similarly, the youngsters reserve the option to uniformity of chance, poise, and care, assurance, and recovery by the general public with two hands open to carry them into the standard of public activity without pre-disgrace fastened on them for no deficiency of her/his.

The Supreme Court expressed that three Cs, viz., Counseling, Cajoling, and Coercion was important to uphold the arrangements of different resolutions adequately. The job of NGOs in restoring and teaching the offspring of the fallen ladies was underscored. Itemized headings were given for salvage, restoration of whores, and offspring of whores. The SC considered that society was answerable for a lady turning into a survivor of conditions in this way, society should make reparation to forestall dealing with ladies, salvage them from red-light zones and different territories in which the ladies were driven or caught in prostitution. Their recovery by financial strengthening and equity is the sacred obligation of the State. Their monetary strengthening and social equity concerning individuals are the crucial rights and the Court and the Government ought to decidedly attempt to guarantee them.


The judgment for this situation was conveyed by a seat of two appointed authorities. The contradiction was communicated by one of the adjudicators on two focuses; one, in regards to headings passed by the other appointed authority on the subject of prostitution and its destruction (while concurring with the bearings identifying with offspring of the whores and foundation of the adolescent homes); furthermore on the nature and extent of Articles 142 and 145(5) of the Constitution of India.

The Supreme Court held that the offspring of the whores reserves the privilege to the fairness of chance, pride, care, security, and restoration to be a piece of the standard of public activity with no pre-disgrace joined on them. The Court coordinated for the constitution of a board of trustees to define a plan for the restoration of such youngsters and kid whores and its execution and accommodation of periodical report of its Registry. 

After the judgment for this situation, a Review Petition (Review Petition (C) No. 1841 of 1997 in Writ Petition (C) 824 of 1988) was documented by the Supreme Court Bar Association upheld by Gaurav Jain, the first solicitor. The survey appeal alluded to a bigger seat of three appointed authorities, and judgment was conveyed on 30-03-1998. The judgment in the audit appeal related to the accompanying focuses – extension and nature of Articles 32, 142, and 145(1) of the Constitution of India; and the headings are given in the prior judgment in regards to prostitution and its destruction. The subsequent judgment put aside the headings given in the main judgment identifying with prostitution as well as its improvement or annihilation; while allowing the Union or State Governments to define their arrangements here or taking measures to actualize them.

Therefore, the principal judgment was constantly overruled. Be that as it may, the bearings made by the appointed authorities in the principal judgment as for offspring of the prostitutes and foundation of the adolescent homes were maintained.

Democracy, development, and respect for human rights, and major opportunities are related and have common fortification. The human rights for ladies, including young lady youngsters, are along these lines, unavoidable, vital, and indissoluble piece of widespread human rights. The full improvement of the character and crucial opportunities and equivalent interest by ladies in political, social, monetary, and social life are concomitants for the national turn of events, social and family solidness and development – social, social, and prudent. All types of segregation on the ground of sexual orientation is violative of central opportunities and human rights. It would, consequently, be basic to find a way to deny prostitution. Annihilation of prostitution in any structure is essential to social weal and brilliance of womanhood. Right of the kid to improve the endless supply of prostitution. Achievement lies upon compelling measures to destroy the root and part of prostitution.


In Gaurav Jain v. Union of India, the Supreme Court, passed a request, coordinating inter alia, the constitution of a council to make an inside and out an investigation of the issue of prostitution, youngster whores and offspring of whores, and to advance reasonable plans for their salvage and recovery. Observing the way that:

“children of a prostitute should, however, not be permitted to live in the inferno and the undesirable surroundings of prostitute homes.”[1]

The Apex Court gave bearings to guarantee the security of the human privileges of such people. The Court likewise wanted that the real ground factors ought to be tapped with important activity objectives, aside from the managerial activity which targets capturing indecent traffic of ladies under the ITP Act through between State or Interpol plans and nodal organization like CBI is charged to research and forestall such wrongdoings.

In 1998 the Central Government, following the bearings given by this Court in Gaurav Jain case comprised “Committee on Prostitution, Child Prostitutes and Children of Prostitutes and Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children”. In 1998 of every a report containing an activity plan, which featured the issues intending to issues of business sexual abuse, nitty-gritty proposals were made to capture the orderly issue, including issues identifying with law requirement and lawful changes.

A large portion of the parts of the Action Plan must be executed at the local level, establishing region level Committees. The District Committees will set up an enemy of dealing with crew each locale headed by an official, not underneath the position of Deputy Superintendent of Police. They will ensure the privileges of dealt with people by furnishing them with a viable lawful cure, legitimate security, non-prejudicial treatment, and compensation, remuneration, and recuperation.

Hostile to dealing estimates must not, for the sake of “securing” all ladies from hurt, deny any ladies of any of her human rights as the standards of non-separation and all-inclusiveness of human rights are principal and non-censorious. The above-expressed arrangements, just as others, are expected to guarantee that dealt people are not treated as hoodlums yet as survivors of wrongdoing who have endured genuine human rights misuse. Shockingly, most Governments keep on treating dealt people as unlawful travellers and lawbreakers, consequently further deceiving the people in question.

[1]SCC p. 119, para 1

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