Badi women today submitted a memorandum to Sudurpaschim Province Chief Minister saying the government had not taken their demands seriously.

They submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Trilochan Bhatta demanding that they be given the licence to engage in sex work if the government could not fulfil their demands.

Badi women complained that they were still having a hard time managing basic needs in nine districts of the province.

The Badi Community Promotion Development Society former executive director Shibiram Rana Badi said that giving licence for prostitution would give the women opportunity for their livelihood if the government could not provide them with employment. "Badi women are starving to death due to the pandemic, but, three tiers of government are turning a blind eye to our problems", said Nepali Congress Province lawmaker Umadevi Badi.

Receiving the memorandum, Chief Minister Bhatta said that he and his government were serious about Badi women's problems.

He pledged to bring some special programmes for Badi women in next year's budget.

Meanwhile, Badi women warned they would hit the streets if their demands were not met.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 7, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.