• Saturday, Oct 31, 2020
  • Last Update : 07:28 pm

Police bar sex workers rally at Shahbagh

  • Published at 04:34 pm March 3rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:31 pm March 3rd, 2017
Police bar sex workers rally at Shahbagh
Police on Friday prevented around 100 sex workers and activists from holding a rally in Dhaka to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. The rally, organised by Sex Workers Network, was supposed to begin at Shahbagh and proceed to the National Press Club. However, Shahbagh police stopped the march at the interchange, alleging that underage workers were preparing to take part. The workers, however, claimed that all of the underage participants were not sex workers but their children. “We have asked the police to let us continue the rally but they said we are not allowed by law as we had children and underage sex workers with us,” General Secretary of Sex Workers Network Chumki Begum told the Dhaka Tribune. [caption id="attachment_50204" align="aligncenter" width="690"]Members of Sex Workers Network decide to march without a banner after police bar them from holding a rally Mahmud Hossain Opu Members of Sex Workers Network decide to march without a banner after police bar them from holding a rally Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Despite the bar, nearly 95 street-based sex workers gathered in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh, with some of them accompanied by their children. Shefali Begum, a 26-year-old street sex worker, brought along her daughter Alifa, six, and her one-year-old son, Sifat. “We brought our children with us as this is the only day we can inform society that we too are part of it and our children also have rights just as others do,” she said. Mitu, also 26, demanded legal recognition and rights for their profession at the march. "We don’t receive any recognisation as legitimate workers so we are deprived of our rights,” she said. After being stopped by police, the workers decided to continue the march without a banner, ending it in Ramna Park. Shahbagh police station Officer in Charge Abul Hasan said the rally was halted as the organisers had not sought official clearance in advance. “We requested them to hold the rally later with prior permission,” he said. Sex Workers’ Rights Day began in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival, organised by the Kolkata-based Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee. This was despite hectic lobbying by many opposition activists, who tried to revoke their permit. Since then, many sex worker groups worldwide have observed March 3 every year as International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. In Bangladesh, Sex Workers Network began its observations in 2002.
187
51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail