On the eve of Raksha Bandhan ,sex workers of Sonagachi , Kolkata ,tied Rakhi around the waist of passerby, in the hope of receiving equal respect in society.
The special event was organised by the Durbar Mahilla Samanvaya Committee , one of the largest community-based organistions of sex workers in West Bengal.
Sex workers from Sonagachi (Durbar) celebrated Rakhi Purnima by tying Rakhi ‘s to passers-by.
“We thought to celebrate this auspicious festival to erase the difference between us and other communities.No discrimination should be there” said Putul Haldar , Durbar president.
Ministers and politicians were invited by the organisation to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with them.
“All political, non-political people, officials and intellectuals were invited to attend the event. Our main motto is to celebrate every festival with everyone. ” Seema Bhogla , a sex worker ,told ANI
“We want to show the world that being a sex worker we can enjoy as any other human being. Also, like every year we are also planning to celebrate Durga Puja here” she added.