Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) plans to organise a programme in Delhi with sex workers from different states, on 3 March demanding legalization of prostitution and to impart legal knowledge to the sex workers confront unnecessary harassment by police and administration.
The six day programme protesting against the recent spate of violence against women in and outside the city was organised by DMSC in the city.
“Women belonging to different strata of the society are oppressed and subdued. The purpose of this programme is to uphold the rights of women and how sex workers are playing the role of a catalyst in the ever changing socio-economic landscape of the society” said Mr. Sarajit Jana, Chief advisor of DMSC.
He further said that only one programme cannot bring a major change in the society and it would take a lot of time and efforts to change the perception and attitude towards sex workers. He also points out that, however, after face to face interaction with the sex workers in this kind of programmes, people will start question their age old biased thoughts and attitude towards them.
The programme which is based on the theme of protest and confrontational stand taken by women to stop violence against them showcases the talent of young children of sex workers through debate, drama, dance, fashion show.
‘Komalgandhar’, the cultural wing of Durbar, and ‘Amra Padatik’ organized all the cultural programmes.
Around 12,000 sex workers from as many as 16 states have participated in the programme to voice their protest.
“It is our programme and we are using this platform to protest against the growing incidents of rape in the state,” said Ms Santana Das, a sex worker attending the programme.
A volunteer of DMSC, however, lamented on the absence of media on the first two days of the programme.
Passers by entered the fair of sheer curiosity and stayed back to watch documentaries and cultural shows.
“I have come as I have heard about Durbar and its activities however, prostitution should not be legalized” said Mr Sadhan Bannerjee, a passers by who visited the programme.
Stalls of Durbar, Sristi have been set up.
“We have received good response from the people. People are making an enquiry about different issues related to the topic of prostitution and are buying books” said a stall owner in the premises.