Prostitution in India has been one of the oldest profession. It is a general misconception and misunderstood that prostitution in India is illegal, rather prostitution is completely legal but practicing or involvement in pimping, owning and managing a brothel is considered illegal. Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata are the major cities in India where brothels are operating illegally in large numbers, namely- Sonagachi in West Bengal, Kamathipura in Mumbai and G.B. road in Delhi. Prostitution in itself is neither illegal nor punishable under the Indian laws or statutes. This article explores the arena of prostitution and justify the subjects related to prostitution in details.
Prostitution and it’s legal involvement:
According to the Indian Penal Code(IPC), certain activities related to coitus/intercourse are not considered illegal per se but contradict laws that are in action. However, activities as mentioned below if found to be true, one is entitled to be punished under law of the legal arena in place:
• Soliciting services of prostitution at public places
• Carrying out prostitution activities in hotels
• Being the owner of a brothel
• Indulge in prostitution by arranging a sex worker
• Arrangement of a sex act with a customer
Now the situation is such that the activities mentioned above are very much real and exist alongside, this business with time has increased and per se evolving with time and people. So by outlawing or limiting them does the Indian legal system make prostitution illegal? Because in most cases, government officials tend to ignore the fact that illegal trafficking of women, men and children is the root cause of growing prostitution as a business.
Acts that Constitute as Prostitution:
Prostitution denotes providing sex work in exchange for monetary benefits. It does not just indicate gratification of sex but also other accompanying acts such as solicitation of customers, management of brothels, pimping or dealing with prostitutes, sometime abducting women, men or children, sex trafficking and other activities that facilitate prostitution, thus promoting the growth of sex industry.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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