Kolkata: In order to facilitate smooth upcoming assembly elections in the red light area, the Election Commission of India has granted special polling booths for the sex workers in Nadia. The polling date for Nadia has been scheduled on April 23.

Sanjay Bansal, District Magistrate said "The Election Commission has granted a special booth to be used exclusively by the sex workers of Shantipur in Nadia at our proposal”. This is the first time that the state has provided a special polling booth for the sex workers, he added.

Bansal said, “After observing that the majority of sex workers stayed away from the voting as they faced insults from other people in the queue, the Nadia administration took the step of arranging an exclusive booth for them.”

However, some sex workers were not happy with the arrangement as they felt a separate booth would further isolate them