Monday, April 28|Protest Condemning Police Violence Against Sex Workers
When: 28 April 2014, Monday, 4:00 PM
Where: In front of Upparpet Police Station
As you know, over the last few months, there have been a spate of attacks on sex workers in Bangalore, especially in areas around Upparpete and Majestic. After making several representations to the Police Commissioner, the DG and IGP of Police, the ACP, Upparpete, and the DCP, Chikepete, we filed a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission, H.R.C. No. 668/14. Subsequent to this, fresh attacks on sex workers prompted us to file yet another complaint, H.R.C. No. 1502/2014. Even after this, when more attacks took place, and the Upparpete police started detaining members of Sadhana Mahila Sangha in the police station till late at night. They have also threatened that false cases will be slapped on leaders of sex worker organisations working in the area.
We approached the SHRC again, and subsequently, visited Upparpete police station. The Inspector, Upparpete Police station refused to talk to us and denied any wrongdoing on the part of the police in that area.
There is an urgent need to protect the trights of women working on the street and especially of the street based sex workers – who are the most vulnerable to attacks and threats of false cases by the police, The principal reason for the attacks as gathered from the abusive comments from the police is, that the women are organising and will be united – there are several organisations of sex workers and the police are targeting the leaders. At the start, organisers of Sadhana Mahila Sangha and Swathui Mahila Sangha are being targeted in Majestic area apart from attacking members of the groups – it will not be long before the police start attacks on all sex worker organisations across Bangalore in a mad rush to their concept of “Cleaning the city”.
To address this issue – we the following organisations will hold a protest opposite the Upparpet Police Station on 28th of April at 4 PM. Please do join us – a presence of all women’s and Human rights organisations is necessary to fight this tendency of targeting the marginalised by the police. PLEASE JOIN IN LARGE NUMBERS!
Supported By: People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Vimochana, Sangama, Karnataka Sex Workers Union, Sadhana Mahila Sangha, Jyoti Mahila Sangha, Vijaya Mahila Sangha, Bhoruka Charitable Trust, Alternative Law Forum, Samara, Action AId, Jan Sahayog, Karnataka Janashakti, Samanata Mahila Vedike, LesBiT, Namma Manasa