Mumbai Sex Workers’ Daughters Tell Their Story at Edinburgh

By Patrick Brogan

A group of young ladies that grew up as daughters of sex workers in Mumbai are going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to tell their story in the form of theatre. They use theatre to give their interpretations of what success means.

The BBC produced a short clip whereby some of the girls give a short introduction of what takes place and their background. These girls joined an organisation called Kranki which houses and educates the girls but also seeks to empower them.

Sandhya explained how she felt safe in the red-light district as it was a community and they were cared for. All this changed when she started school. She was raped at the age of ten and this abuse continued for a long time after. Sandhya was separated and put in classes by herself because of her background and the fact she had darker skin than the other girls.

Rani, aged 16, told her story. She had a falling out with her mother after she brought home her step-father. Both mother and daughter suffered almost daily abuse. Rani’s definition of success is letting go of anger. She added that the greatest gift you can give your self or anyone else is forgiveness. An extremely powerful message.

India had a serious problem with prostitution, particularly Mumbai. The Kamathipura red-light district was home to more than 50,000 prostitutes in 1992. Thankfully, the number is greatly reduced today, down to a thousand or so. This is due to the gentrification of the area and local government intervention due to fears of the spread of AIDS.

 

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