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Kamathipuram sex workers work for social change

Kamathipuram sex workers work for social change
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Sex workers in Mumbai’s oldest red light area, Kamathipura, are upbeat about exercising their franchise in the upcoming general election on October 15.

Mumbai: Sex workers in Mumbai’s oldest red light area, Kamathipura, are upbeat about exercising their franchise in the upcoming general election on October 15.

These women say voting Priya Shehbaz Rathod, who is contesting as an independent candidate from Mumbadevi constituency would certainly bring about a social change.

Kamathipura, most popularly known as Red Street, is the oldest and Asia’s second largest red-light district situated in Mumbai. More than 10,000 sex workers have pledged support for Priya Shehbaz Rathod.
According to Ms Devika Netri, who represents sex workers from Kamathipura, Priya Shehbaz Rathod is the first candidate to visit this area and share her plans not only for the development of this area, but also to facilitate the sex workers’ family with free education. “No candidates – big or small – have dared to visit this area, but Priya Shehbaz Rathod (a first woman candidate) visited this area and shared her plans for the sex workers,” she informed.
The 38-year-old Priya Shehbaz Rathod, a resident of Bhendi Bazaar, has been receiving tremendous support not only from the sex workers, but from the general public too. Rekha, who came to the city over a decade ago, is optimistic that voting would help in improving their condition.
“So far, nobody cared about the underlying issues that we face. No politician ever got off their car and walked to our rooms to ask about the problems we face, but it was only Priya Shehbaz Rathod,” she said.Emphasising her plans, Priya Shehbaz Rathod said that he would provide free education for all the sex workers’ kin. “Education is an important aspect in today’s world and I would certainly make all efforts to provide free education for all the sex workers’ kin,” said Priya Shehbaz Rathod.
“This election is very crucial one for the people, who are seeking to change the dynamics of the corrupt practices carried out in the Congress-NCP government. The outgoing Prithviraj Chauhan-led government’s talk claims of being Maharashtra as the numero uno state in terms of undeveloped,” she pointed out.

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Priya Rathod has moved Supreme Court with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding a thorough Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the city’s biggest redevelopment project by SBUT in Bhendi Bazaar. In her petition, she has alleged that the underworld is playing a key role by threatening the residents as well as shopkeepers to vacate their place.
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