Written by Srinath Rao
| Mumbai |September 6, 2020 1:45:52 am

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Campaign in Kamathipura, brothles, Mumbai sex workers, sex workers in maharashtra, maharashtra red light area, mumbai red light area, indian express newsAt the moment, 3,494 circumstances and 114 deaths had been reported in pink mild district of Kamathipura, Grant Highway, and Falkland Highway. (Representational)

A marketing campaign to maintain males away from brothels has garnered over 700 signatures from native residents in Kamathipura. Nonetheless, a distinguished NGO working with business intercourse staff has criticised the residents’ marketing campaign as being discriminatory and with none scientific foundation.

Over 1,00zero native residents had written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal final month fearing that “hundreds of consumers” would go to Kamathipura day-after-day as soon as the lockdown eased. “These prospects will infect your complete space. These prospects go to outlets across the space and reside in different components of town, they are going to infect your complete metropolis… It’ll make Kamathipura a hotspot of coronavirus circumstances,” the letter acknowledged.

Native Congress MLA Amin Patel and BJP municipal councillor Atul Shah mentioned they had been unaware of the problem as native residents had not approached them. “I’ll communicate to the individuals who have written the letter and tackle their grievances,” Patel mentioned.

The locals additionally cited a research launched in June by the Harvard Medical College and the Yale College of Medication which projected 4,00,00zero Covid-19 infections and 12,00zero amongst staff and residents in India’s pink mild areas within the area of a 12 months if brothels are allowed to re-open.

At the moment, 3,494 circumstances and 114 deaths had been reported in pink mild district of Kamathipura, Grant Highway, and Falkland Highway.

The residents pleaded with the federal government to maintain brothels shut, be sure that males didn’t go to intercourse staff and to supply reduction and help to intercourse staff.

Native social activist Rukesh Girolla mentioned that he didn’t obtain any response to his letter. “We had additionally knowledgeable the police however they too didn’t take any motion,” he mentioned.

Locals and residents’ teams started a poster drive throughout Ganesh Chaturthi. Over 250 posters caught throughout Kamathipura, together with at Ganpati pandals, warned males in opposition to visiting brothels.

“The remainder of Mumbai doesn’t know that quite a lot of middle-class folks additionally reside in Kamathipura. We’re all in danger if somebody is contaminated at a brothel. We’ve additionally drafted a petition looking for to maintain males away from brothels. To this point over 700 folks have signed the petition,” Girolla mentioned.

Suresh Pabba, a social employee residing in Kamathipura, mentioned that together with the posters, he has additionally been spreading the message by WhatsApp and e mail.

“We’ve additionally been standing exterior brothels and discouraging males from getting into them. All we’re saying is that till the scenario is introduced underneath management, nobody ought to come right here. However we can’t take the legislation into our personal arms,” he mentioned.

Priti Patkar, founder and government secretary of Prerana, an NGO which works extensively with business intercourse staff in Kamathipura mentioned that the marketing campaign would solely additional stigmatise these girls.

“I have no idea what’s the foundation of the declare made by native residents. Is there any scientific backing to the declare that intercourse staff will unfold Covid-19,” she mentioned.

Patkar added that locals ought to have sat down and mentioned options with intercourse staff as a substitute of writing to the federal government.

“This sort of marketing campaign is discriminatory and can solely alienate intercourse staff additional. It’s simple to maintain sure communities muted. Has anybody requested these girls what they need or labored with them to discover a resolution and different technique of livelihood? That is completely in opposition to the correct to life,” she mentioned.

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