Sharada asserts herself everywhere------including her workplace---

Prof. Prabha Desai
Posted October 20, 2019 from India

Dear readers, out of thousands of female sex workers with whom I interacted and listened to their life stories, Sharada stands out as an outstanding woman. She was principled and fought against injustice everywhere.

Once she accepted a customer who was lame and looked unattractive. He promised to pay her more fees because of his inability to attract women and even get married. Sharada understood his difficulties and decided to satisfy his needs for sexual gratifications.

When she took him to a guest house, the manager refused entry. He told her not to bring such ugly handicapped customers to his lodge any more lest he will lose other customers. 

Sharada was infuriated. She shouted at the manager and asked him is this lodge only for Film Heros? She also threatened him that she will approach the police station and lodge a complaint against him for discrimination and harassment of handicapped people. The manager was annoyed but he did not want police harassment as well.  Sharada had already booked the room for practice and had the receipt with her. She asserted her right to practice and succeeded. The customer was overwhelmed. He gave her more money and promised to continue friendship thereafter. 

When Sharada narrated this story, I too was overwhelmed. It was not easy for a sex worker to fight for the rights of the customer and herself in an environment where the sex workers were treated like dirt and no one thought they were citizens of India.  

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Jill Langhus
Oct 21, 2019
Oct 21, 2019

Wow, Prof. Desai! That is an impressive story. Thanks for sharing it.

Is Sharada still alive? What is she doing now?

Hope you're well, and having a great week!

Oct 21, 2019
Oct 21, 2019

Dear Prof Desai.
Thank you for sharing Sharada's story. Indeed she is the true fighter against the injustice. She respects the dignity of people and ensures the rights of humans. Salute to her for her big heart, courage, and approach. Is she literate ? can she operate the smartphone? if yes, she can also join the world pulse.
best regards,

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Oct 21, 2019
Oct 21, 2019

Hello, Prof,

Thank you for sharing Sharada's bravery in protecting the rights of her customer who is differently-abled. This is my first time to hear a story like this from a sex worker.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 22, 2019
Oct 22, 2019

Dear Sharda
Good to share this nice story

Stella Paul
Oct 22, 2019
Oct 22, 2019

Dear Prabhaji
What Sharada did was an act of courage. What you are doing - listening to her story, understanding her thoughts, detecting courage in her action and sharing with the world her story is another great act - an act of Nobility and true leadership. Kudos to Sharada and Kudos to you! Please keep sharing! Lots of love and admiration, Stella

Beth Lacey
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2019

She is quite a woman

Nov 03, 2019
Nov 03, 2019

Love is all There is, for a human being . Even if hé is uggly or disabeld hè stays a human being.
Love cures everything thinking patterns every seed of hate towards anybody who is different and still we are all the same inside.

Usha K.C.
Nov 13, 2019
Nov 13, 2019

Hi Dear Prabha
Am really happy to know about Sharada's story and applause her.
thank you for the sharing Sharada's story of power.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Nov 20, 2019
Nov 20, 2019

Hi Prof. Desai,
Thank you so much for sharing this story. It reminds us that we always have to fight injustice no matter what. Looking forward to more of your stories.
Stay blessed.