“We are part of an NGO called Kranti (Revolution), that works in the red-light areas in Mumbai, India. We work for the education and empowerment of trafficked girls, daughters of sex workers, and otherwise socially marginalized girls. Kranti aims to enable the Revolutionaries to emerge as agents of social change and economic assets, redefining the value of women in Indian society.
We are especially proud of the close-knit community we have built here. People often look at our socio-economic background and talk about how hard it must have been for us to speak out and share our experiences; but the truth is, the rich and the so-called ‘entitled’ section of society is more under pressure. We go to these schools where we see children from wealthier families and think ‘they won’t be able to talk openly about abuse if it ever happened to them’. We might not be the wealthiest people around, or the most privileged, but we have an environment of trust, friendship, and acceptance, where we can share our struggles, and make sense of our survival experiences.
We have been touring the UK for the past couple of weeks to perform our interactive play, called Lal Batti Express (Red Light Express), and the response has been incredible. We are happy that we can reach out to such a global platform as a collective voice to speak about ostracization and issues dominating the red light areas in India.”