Should prostitution be made legal in india or not?

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  • Philippines did not (at least yet) decriminalize prostitution.
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  • hi,
    i kind of agree with you on almost every aspect as to why prostitution be legalised in India, but i beg to differ with you that legalising it in any way can help curb down the scene of women harrasment, i.e the rape cases .. How.. ?? can you plese justify that..
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Should prostitution be made legal in india or not?

  1. 1. Should Prostitution be made legal in India or not?Introduction:Prostitution-the oldest profession on this earth is a widespread and contentiousissue for INDIA. Prostitution is the business or practice of providing sexual servicesto another person in return for payment.Present Legal status in India:In India It is a “ Sexual Intercourse between socially inacceptable unions, and ispunishable for 3 years / 2000 ` fine under “Immoral Traffic Prevention Act whichis a 1986 amendment to the primary law passed in 1950 {known as the ImmoralTraffic (Suppression) Act}. If a woman uses attributes of her body voluntarily thenit’s legal and allowed. But the law prohibits/criminalize-  Prostitution anywhere near a public place  Publication of phone number of call girls  Organized form of prostitution i.e. a brothel, pimps, Prostitution rings etc.  A sex worker being below 18 years of age  Procurement and trafficking of women, children.Ancient root:  In ancient India, there was a practice of having Nagarvadhus, "brides of the town". (Can be found in many of our Sanskrit-stories like Mricchakatika- by Sudraka in 2nd century BC.)  Prostitution groomed in India during 16th century Portuguese colonization in GOA and 17-18th century British east India company period.
  2. 2. FACTS to FACE:  In India close to three million women work as prostitutes, of which 1.2 million are below 18. The number of prostitutes rose by 50% between 1997 and 2004.  Increasing STD (sexually transmitted diseases) and health related problems due to prostitution.  India has an HIV/AIDS population of approximately 1.4-1.6 million people making it the worlds third-largest population suffering from HIV/AIDS & Asia’s largest sex industry centre.  Increase in the rate of Child trafficking over the years.Why should we legalize & regulate it?Reasons are:  Supreme Court of India in December, 2009 asked the govt. “If you are not able to curb it by laws then legalize it.” SC added that- legalizing prostitution would help monitor the trade and rehabilitate sex workers.  Let’s have a simple calculation : If there are 2 million prostitutes in India and if each earns 1000 ` a day, then this leads to a total of ` 200 crore revenue a day and roughly ` 72,000 crore a year. By legalizing, government can earn a decent tax on this revenue, which will be beneficial to the country’s economy.  Legalizing will ensure a secure & safe future for sex-workers, their children and those who’re involved in this.
  3. 3.  Government can implement some rules which may include - Registration of each sex-worker - Licensing of brothels, dalals, removal of middle-man - Mandatory checks in order to ensure safety for the sex-workers - Girl/child less than 18 years can be prevented from entering into this profession.  These measures will lead to decrease in - STD/HIV Disease spread - Child trafficking, - women harassment, sexual violence, rape etc  There are some countries in which legalization of prostitution not only worked miracle but they have been able to curb STDs : - Brazil - Amsterdam (Netherland) - New Zealand - Thailand - The Philippines and many more..Why shouldn’t we legalize it?Reasons are:  To legalize prostitution would lead to gender inequality. Majority of prostitutes in India are women. By legalizing, we openly commit ourselves to the notion that female body is a commodity that can be bought by men for money/sexual desires.  Also it’s not a profession that should be promoted in India. Because many of the sex-workers choose this as an ‘Absence of choice’. Due to drug addiction, economical problems etc.
  4. 4.  By legalizing we would be declaring this as a profession to earn that is hazardous to higher educational goals of young generation. It will become legitimate excuse for teenagers to start dropping out from colleges; will lead to loss of valuable workers/professionals.  If we consider the handsome amount of tax that govt will get after legalizing it, one question opposes this source of income: “Will ‘they’ pay tax after the legalization?”  Spread of contagious diseases, High risk of exposure to street crimes, unsafe sex, and unemployment.  Many legally young women would see this as a fast way to earn money .Would you want your daughter/sister to think like that in the future?  Increase in Divorce rates, hidden-illegal street prostitution.  It will be like putting a band-aid on a wound which will further expand this industry instead of curbing it.  Legalizing prostitution will provoke the religious sentiments of Indian culture.Conclusion: Despite the traditional mindset and plethora of reasons for notlegalizing it, if we look at the current scenario –prostitution in India is here to stay,difficult to curb 100 %. There’s a strong need for a law-structure to regulate it.
  5. 5. Source of data/facts/reference sites are :  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5140526.stm  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_India#cite_note-17  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV_in_India  http://www.paklinks.com/gs/all-views/488889-countries-that-have-legal- prostitution.html  http://articles.cnn.com/2009-05- 11/world/india.prostitution.children_1_human-trafficking-india- prostitutes?_s=PM:WORLD  Human Rights Report: India(2008)

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