AHMEDABAD - About 20 teenaged sex workers in Gujarat have signed up for the Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) newly-launched bachelor preparatory programme and diploma in food and nutrition, and more women of easy virtue are likely to enroll themselves soon.
These young women eking out a living from houses of ill-fame in Ahmedabad and Wadia village in Banaskantha disttict will not have to pay any fees for the six-month course to be conducted in Gujarati every Sunday from next month.
Gujarat has 30,000 prostitutes and Ahmedabad accounts for 4,000 of them, while Wadia is infamous for flesh trade.
IGNOU was inspired to start the special course for sex workers in Gujarat after it proved successful in Kolkata.
Dr S. Ghosh, director of IGNOU’s Ahmedabad Regional Centre, told Khaleej Times that some 10,000 prisoners in 26 jails of Gujarat had evinced interest and studied hard to clear the varsity’s various diploma and degree courses so far.
“Some of these sex workers have been to even high schools and hence will be able to turn over a new leaf as IGNOU will help them secure respectable jobs after they pound books on food and nutrition,” he said.