Maharashtra sex workers say ‘Kerala doesn’t deserve it’, donate Rs 21,000 for flood victims

New Delhi: As Union government is still deciding over accepting funds from foreign countries as relief for flood-affected Kerala and haters are busy saying ‘Kerala deserves it’, a group of sex workers donated Rs 21,000 for flood victims.

The sex workers in Ahmednagar district presented a cheque of Rs 21,000 drawn in favour of the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Kerala flood victims to Resident Deputy Collector Prashant Patil on Monday, said a functionary of an NGO working for them.

Dipak Buram of the city-based NGO Snehalaya said sex workers will raise another Rs 1 lakh by the month-end for Kerala flood victims.

Buram is coordinator of Snehjyot, a project run by Snehalaya, which is working for the welfare of sex workers for the last 30 years.

In the past too, sex workers have contributed for helping the victims of natural calamities in various parts of the country, he said.

In December 2015, they had donated Rs 1 lakh for relief work in rain-ravaged Chennai, Buram said.

Till date, they have contributed nearly Rs 27 lakh for various causes, including for the victims of earthquake in Gujrat (2001), tsunami (2004), Kashmir and Bihar floods, drought relief in Maharashtra and families of Kargil war heroes, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)