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Red light area girls rise against rape

Posted on Feb 13, 07:26PM | IBNS

Kolkata/New Delhi, Feb 13 : The cities of Delhi and Kolkata will witness groups of girls from Kolkata, Delhi and Bihar putting up dance performances on the edges of the brothel areas of Sonagachi, Munshiganj, Lalten Bazaar in Kolkata and Najafgarh in New Delhi.

These girls, under the banner of Apne Aap Women Worldwide are dancing in pursue of their protest towards the rise against rape in the country.

Apne Aap works towards the empowerment of girls and women to resist and end sex trafficking by organizing marginalized women and girls into small self-empowerment groups.

They are doing this in solidarity with One Billion Women Rising campaign.

This campaign spearheaded by Eve Ensler, is an activist movement started to end violence against women and girls.

It is a global feminist movement that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

Most of the girls participating on Thursday are daughters of women in prostitution, or are victims themselves.

Few of them, have survived the wrath of trafficking and rape.

Uma Das, all of 19 years is a young survivor leader, from Munshiganj in Kidderpore, Kolkata.

Uma says, "We want those, who buy us and rape us to be punished even if they pay for it. After all, we experienced the same pain and trauma as any other girl who is raped. In fact, sometimes one girl serves around ten clients during the day."

Kajol, a 17 years old form the Paren community in Najafgarh, Delhi was caught in the clutches of inter-generational prostitution.

She says, "We are dancing tomorrow to join hands with the global women's movement. We hope that they will support us in our quest to end sex trafficking and prostitution".

The girls in Dharampur and Najafgarh in Delhi have prepared for a Bhangra performance while the troop in Kolkata will put up a modern dance performance on the streets of Kolkata.

These performances will be taped and will also be uploaded on video-sharing website YouTube to be shared with millions of girls in similar situation all over the world.

The participants will also deliver speeches on their concern and carry out rallies in the city.

Ruchira Gupta, Founder President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide (India), has brought about instrumental changes in this area of grave concern.

Gupta will be delivering a speech on "What's Love got to do with it: Challenging India's Rape Culture" at the Central Library Auditorium, Shantiniketan on Thursday (Feb 14).

These girls said they respect the fact that the government of India is thinking of framing a law in which the blame for sex trafficking and prostitution will shift from the victim to the perpetrator, hence by defining prostitutes as the exploited and the traffickers as the exploiters.