Covid-19 outbreak affects sex workers in Kolkata's Sonagachi, Asia's largest city district 

Covid-19 outbreak affects sex workers in Kolkata's Sonagachi, Asia's largest city district 

Anationwide lockdown has resulted in bringing the curtains down on the busiest red light area in Kolkata for quite a fortnight, a primary within the history of the world . Sonagachi is that the oldest and largest red-light area in Asia and has almost run out of business.

With Covid-19 pandemic gripping India, the town of Kolkata is not any exception.

Red-light areas in West Bengal are witnessing a pointy decline within the number of consumers amid the novel coronavirus scare, with sex workers finding it difficult to form ends meet. Now, many sex workers of Sonagachi are unable to pay house rent. Most of those workers are the sole earning members in their families and are struggling to sustain them.

Sonagachi features a massive force of around 8,000 women who have adopted it as how of living with their families while continuing to figure . the world witnessed a footfall of nearly 30,000 people on a mean day.

With the lockdown stretching to over every week now, they too are now feeling the pinch.

Their clients would come from the town , rural Bengal and even from the northeast, however, the ladies in Sonagachi are from everywhere India, including neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

Dr Samarajit Jana who has been related to the world for quite three decades explained, "It isn't about only Sonagachi. it's the condition of each sex worker. 6-7 workers stick together during a room and it's going to infect them. We are requesting central government to arrange quarantine for them allowing them to remain separately. The condition is so bad due to no earnings that these sex workers aren't ready to pay their rents."

Kajal Bose, secretary of Durbar Mahila Samity stated, "Our sex workers are in unfitness from last fortnight . We always request our customers to remain reception and be safe in order that nobody should get infected with coronavirus."

The sex workers who aren't from Kolkata cannot even return to their respective locations thanks to sudden closure of all modes of transport across the country. due to the character of their daily income, these sex workers hardly have any savings to assist them get through this pandemic.

West Bengal Minister and native MLA Shashi Panja extended help to the workers of Sonagachi by distributing essentials within the area on Monday. "There are not any customers and therefore the workers don't have anything to eat. Around 1500 sex workers are benefited by the government . Not only this, but we'll also make them conscious of coronavirus. we'll make them understand what to try to to or what to not do. we'll make them understand to follow social distancing," Shashi Panja said.

The West Bengal government has established ICDS centres to assist pregnant women and youngsters with food. "1,60,000 ICDS centres are there in West Bengal which benefit around 60,000 people. CM Mamata Banerjee, the day she announced the lockdown had said that children who come to the present centre must get rice and potato. it's necessary for them. This rice and potato are sent to their respective houses. And these centres aren't just for kids but also for pregnant women and girls who don't attend school at the age of 11-14," Shashi Panja added.