In India, Being A Prostitute Is Legal, But Practicing Prostitution Is Illegal - ED | The Youth Blog | ED | The Youth Blog In India, Being A Prostitute Is Legal, But Practicing Prostitution Is Illegal - ED | The Youth Blog
  • Check out our new reading mode

    In India, Being A Prostitute Is Legal, But Practicing Prostitution Is Illegal


    By Richa Sharma

    Like everything else in the world, Indians cannot make up their mind about the profession of Prostitution.

    Prostitution in India is like a dirty secret: most have one, and then judge others who do. It’s one of the oldest professions in the world, but unlike the brothel wine, it doesn’t seem to be getting better.

    Here is how the Indian Penal Law has seen it:
    Prostitution, the profession? *Yayyy*
    Prostitution, the activity? *Boooo*

    image 3

    Knowing the lethargy amongst Indians, kerb-calling, a.k.a. the act of searching for night-time partners who may be standing on the roadside is made illegal.

    You’re already paying to have sex, and why would you want to pay for a hotel room too? But fizool kharchi is something our parents have always lectured about. Hence, our considerate Constitution doesn’t allow us to solicit hotel services for doing the “deed”.

    Brothel houses i.e., having systematic industries of “escort” supply, are banned. However, you can be self-employed and independent.

    On the surface, India wants to portray how liberal its laws are, but when we dig in, the bedrock has a different color than the topsoil.


    Indians are pro at hypocrisy. Being customers of sex trade we benefit from it, but after that it’s not our responsibility. If a whore comes in by the front door, we will not only refuse to recognize her, but also insultingly turn away from her. But you will let her in by the back door at night.

    On one hand, we see all prostitutes as victims of poverty and ill-fate; on the other, they are treated like grime of the society.

    Women are now standing up for themselves. They are standing up for choosing their own career. Then why is sex trade considered to be so wrong? As long as it’s okay by them, who are we to comment?

    image 5

    The aforementioned and many more are conflicting arguments that have been debated over for ages. A universal opinion regarding them is yet to be reached, though we can be sure that it won’t happen in the near future…

    Winternship Partners:
    DHFL Pramerica is one of the fastest growing life insurance companies in India taking care of customers’ various financial protection needs such as savings, wealth creation, etc. Call to build your bank balance!
    Tellofy is an online word of mouth app, where you can post real reviews & feedback about anything! They make sure it reaches the brand, so they can work on it. Get connnected now and save yourself from fake reviews. Get the app to get Tellofy-ing!
    SWAYAM by FICCI’s FLO is to support women and students aspiring to be entrepreneurs, with mentorship, consultancy, investment, growth & network. Register to become one!

    Views presented in the article are those of the author and not of ED.

    Liked reading this article? Subscribe to us.