Delhi’s infamous Garstin Bastion (GB) Road, now renamed Swami Shradhanand Marg, is home to at least 90 kothas (brothels) that serve as homes and workplaces for about 6,000 sex workers. There are few happy ending (NO pun intended) among the women who live in the capital’s most infamous red-light area, so this comes as a very happy piece of news to us.
A taxi driver, from Sadar Bazaar in Delhi, met a sex worker living at Kotha No 68 on the GB Road in 2015, while visiting the red-light area, as a customer. The 27-year-old woman had travelled from Nepal to India after she lost everything in the Nepal earthquake.
The 28-year-old man repeatedly, over the past two years, visited the Nepali woman on the pretext of being a customer, and the two decided to run away together.
Unfortunately, more than a few of their attempts were foiled, and the both were threatened with violent consequences.
Still, the man would not give up on his love for his girlfriend and called the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), last week. On Thursday, July 6, 2017, the DCW, along with Delhi Police, raided Kotha No 68 and rescued the woman.
The local police have ascertained that the woman is safe from the kotha owners and are providing protection for the couple, should anyone come to retrieve the woman.
The taxi driver and the woman are also planning on tying the knot soon. The two want to start life afresh.
Although the glory days of GB Road are over, and many kothas are being shut down, there are still thousands of women and children who have been sold, coerced or resigned to being sex workers. Just recently, in May 2017, a 15-year-old girl, who had been sold as a sex worker was rescued from the area that is just 4kms away from Parliament and 100m from a police chowki.