This Article is From Sep 04, 2015

Sex Workers Can Rent Community Hall For Durga Puja: Calcutta High Court

Sex Workers Can Rent Community Hall For Durga Puja: Calcutta High Court

File Photo: A Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata (Press Trust of India; Image used for representational purpose)

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today allowed sex workers of Sonagachi, considered Asia's largest red light area, to take on rent a community hall for organising their Durga Puja.

Hearing a plea by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Samiti (DMSS) which works for the rights of sex workers, Justice Dipankar Datta gave them the permission to use Shubham community hall inside the red light area.

The hall is run by Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

The sex workers had organised their own Durga Puja for the first time in 2013.

Bharati Dey of DMSS, who had filed the petition, said the pujas were planned to be held on a large scale in the community hall so that more people could participate in the festivities.