Thursday, October 14, 2004

Sabira a Sex worker Passed away of AIDS

From: lgbt-india

Obituary of Sabira
14th October 2004

We take this opportunity to announce the death of Sabira.Sabira, 45, was a sex worker and worked to promote the health and human rights of sex workers in her locality, Kozhikode, Kerala.

Sabira is one of the first women in Kerala to declare that "I AM A SEX WORKER" in a public meeting held in the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.Unfortunately she died of AIDS at Santhi Nagar Colony, Kozhikode, last week. She has been an active member of the Vanitha Society, a Sex workers' society in Kozhikode.

Sabira spoke in her own unique style at the SOORYA FESTIVAL 2001 organized by one of Asia's largest cultural groups SOORYA.She was beaten and severely tortured by the police while she was working as a peer educator at CSRD a PSH project in Kozhikode.She underwent such severe pain and was admitted to the hospital where it was detected that she had a serious infection at the braest.She complained to the National Human Rights Commission. The commission ordered for an enquiry and a member of the commission visited her for fact-finding. That was the first incident in Kerala that National Human Rights Commission ordering for an enquiry based on a sex workers' complaint.

Sabira was an active member of Kerala sex worker's Forum also. She had attended National Sex workers Conference held in Kolkotta organized by DMSC and the Festival of Pleasure,Thiruvananthapuram organized by SWFK and NNSW.She also attended a secretariat Dharna organized by Sex Workers Forum Kerala against police brutality towards Sex workers working in AIDS prevention programs.Sabira attended other meetings held for peer educators in AIDS Prevention in Pune and Delhi.

Sabira is survived by her two Sons, Calicut, Kerala.

Subhash T.V

T.C.14/1514,Beatrice Mansion
Thycaud Post, Thiruvananthapuram-695 014, Kerala, India.
Tel: ++91-471-2324060, ++ 91-9447389517


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