India, a country where history is not just what we study in our schools but about the values the great kings, queens, scholars, warriors and the religious text taught us, brotherhood and humanity are not merely words written in the dictionary but in every Indian heart, but when it comes to prostitution, one of the oldest profession in India, in fact oldest profession of the world, the history is forgotten, humanity takes a back seat and brotherhood hardly spelled. What should we call this a cultural India or a Hippocratic India? The most interesting part of all this is that the person considering prostitution as a sin and a prostitute a black spot on the human race is the one buying sex.In this article we will be focusing mainly on the relation of prostitution and Indian history along with the psychology of the person buying or selling sex, the problems faced by the sex workers and how legalization of prostitution can help improve the scenario, and not forgetting that prostitution is not all about the female prostitutes but also the male counter-part, although less in number and not in a miserable condition as that of the former but as Article 14, of the Indian Constitution says, “The state shall not deny to any person equality before law or the equal protection of laws within the territory of India.” while making laws for female sex workers we cannot eliminate the male sex work.
Sex is a need like any other human need whether we accept it in that way or not.
Need to Legalize Prostitution
The laws are made forproper regulation of the human conduct. Like the traffic rules which ensure our safety on the roads, and as the society is evolving so are the laws and it is necessary to amend the laws to keep up with the change.
A comprehensive study of various reports of WHO, CSWB, CFLR, UNAIDS,GAATW and AWHRC reveals the facts that prostitutes in India are mostly minors and there is a rapid increase in the numbers in recent years, a large number of the sex workers suffer from HIV/AIDS, they do not have access to medical facilities, the sex industry exists in almost every city of the country, although there is a well-defined red light area in these cities but still the flesh trade is carried outside as well.
The only way to regulate it is to legalize the industry, and implementation of laws in an organized form. The present laws do not give any protection to the sex worker but to the pimps and the clients, and thus abolition of existing laws and implementation of new laws is required.
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