: To create awareness of law among sex workers, the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), which fights for the rights of sex workers, observed International Sex Workers’ Day on Monday by setting up a Right to Information Centre in Kolkata to equip its members better in handling cases of harassment against them.

A working knowledge about relevant legislation had become an urgent necessity for sex workers as they were helpless in the face of frequent harassment by the police, general secretary of the organisation Bharati Dey told The Hindu .

“Chief advisor to DMSC Samarjit Jana said, “The main motive behind setting up the RTI centre is to boost the confidence of sex workers in accessing information through the Act. It will also help in social inclusion of sex workers and other marginalised communities.”

The organisation, along with the All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW), was trying to hold discussions with political parties and policy makers on various issues involving sex workers.

Universal pension scheme

Ms. Dey, who is also the president of AINSW, said: “We consider sex work is like any other occupation belonging to the unorganised sector and we should be brought under universal pension scheme provided by the local State or Central government.”