Sex workers move human rights panel against politicians

Jan 31, 2013, 11:33 IST | Agencies

Angry over disparaging comments made by some politicians recently directed at them, representative bodies of sex workers and trans-genders have approached the West Bengal Human Rights Commissions (WBHRC) seeking its intervention as their "human rights were violated"


Members of the city-based NGO Durbar Mahila Samanway Committee - a leading body of sex workers in the state - and Association of Trans-gender in Bengal Wednesday filed a petition to the WBHRC detailing the complaint.
A commission official said both bodies complained they felt "insulted and humiliated" at the remarks and sought the commission's intervention.

West Bengal sex workers
Sex workers in West Bengal. Photo: AFP

The commission has assured to look into the matter.
On Jan 28, a senior All India Forward Bloc leader had termed the Trinamool "opportunistic" and compared its behaviour to that of a sex worker.
Hitting back, a Trinamool minister had then dubbed the Forward Bloc as a trans-gender for its inability to protest against the atrocities of the CPI-M during the Left Front rule.

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