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- Jasmine Kaur
Prostitution Legal & Illegal Stats

Curvy traces and red pouts, hair bedecked with jasmine flowers, vivacious glass bangles resembling their personalities. A similar picture flashes in a mind when the word ‘prostitute’ pops up. Prostitution is not a word that everybody is comfortable to say, nor is it a profession that people openly talk about. According to various dictionaries and social scientists, prostitution is an act of engaging with someone in sexual activity for payment. But the law in India gives prostitution another definition. According to section 2 clause (f) of The Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act, 1987, prostitution is defined as “sexual exploitation or abuse of persons for commercial purpose.” 

Despite the fact that the ‘profession’ of prostitution is said to be one of the oldest profession of an organized society, a majority of people are still very judgmental and are very stereotypical about this profession and the ones carrying it. The existence of prostitution, particularly in India, is shown and described in many mythological writings, scriptures and ancient literature works. A classic example of an ancient literature is Chanakya’s ‘Arthashastra’ from where it can be clearly inferred that prostitution was prominent in ancient times. He in his text has accurately described prostitution and its code of practice. Another scripture that can be referred to here is the ‘Vedas’ where prostitution is described as an organized and established institution. The ‘apsaras’ were mentioned in various mythologies of Hinduism who used to entertain in the court of Lord Indra. Many names like menaka, rambha, urvashi float while talking about these apsaras. 

Apart from this, Aryan rulers are said to follow the system of celestial courts and developed the system of guest prostitutes. They offered their best maidens to the fellow kings as a token of gratitude. The system of prostitutes was also very prominent during the reign of Kauravas and Pandavas as is mentioned in ‘Mahabharata’. There are numerous other texts that indicate the presence of system of prostitution in ancient India. 

This indicates that prostitution at that time was not an underground practice but a fully developed and mainstream profession of many. Also it is clear that prostitution has its roots in ancient India and is not a manifestation of debauchery, as is sometimes claimed. 

In modern India, it is estimated that there are over 20 million sex workers across the country, according to the recent Human Rights Watch Report. The numbers of persons included in this practice is definitely concerning. There are various factors that drive people in the drove of this industry. The industry, not only drives people for physical pleasures, but also an economical and psychological distress. When one thinks about the reasons of joining prostitution, poverty pops up first in every mind. There are a large number of girls and women who enter the industry of prostitution because of the hit of poverty and feed their families by taking financial benefits of their bodies. Other economic factors include illiteracy and unemployment. Actually, all the economic factors create a loop and are interconnected to each other. Illiteracy causes unemployment in people, which in turn generates poverty in people. To end the poverty, the women need employment, but because of lack of education, they are not able to find desired and reputed jobs, so they start prostitution. Other than this, there are enormous factors like prior rape, abduction, selling of girls by parents or husbands, forced sex, drug rackets, and so on. 

Despite being the oldest profession of the mankind, prostitution is, in most of the countries is far from being protected, it is not even legalized. In India, where the traces of this can be seen from ancient times like Ramayana and Mahabharata, this practice is considered ‘wrong’ by the people as well as the law. India is a country where over 20 million females are into prostitution, yet the law is vague for this industry. In the books of law, prostitution is nowhere directly called illegal, but it is stuck in the web of laws that make the sex workers vulnerable and more prone to exploitation. The most relevant law related to this is The Immoral traffic prevention law, 1987. According to law, a woman can carry out the practice of prostitution individually and no two or more women, as says section 2 clause (a), defining a brothel. This somewhere makes women more vulnerable to harassment and exploitation as there is no option of physical security left with the women. Section 3 of this act prohibits a person to practice prostitution in an organized and managed place or a brothel. This means any person who manages a brothel or who works in a brothel or who is tenant of a building which is used as a brothel, shall be punished. Now this has a two way effect. If seen on a positive note, it somewhere makes women independent and make women secure from the possible exploitation of the middleman or the pimp regulating the brothel. But the brothel can also be a safer option for a woman practicing prostitution in terms of exploitation from customers, assault and so on. 

Another section of this act that needs attention is the section 7 of this act. The act prohibits prostitutes from carrying out the practice of prostitution in public places or within 200 meters of any public places i.e. the places that are used by public in general. These include religious places, hotels, malls, etc. and if any owner tenant or concerned of that place, including hotels, knowingly allows practice of prostitution in their premises will be held liable. This means that the prostitutes will have to work in distant places, away from the localities and, we can say, in isolation. This also brings them one step closer to molestation or exploitation by the customers. 

The discussion of these rules was important so that a perspective of this law could be inferred. The law is basically protecting the society from the prostitutes and not prostitutes from the crime. The basic safety cannot be granted to the prostitutes even after seven decades of independence and a whole era of technological and social advancements. 

The judiciary too kept on being indifferent about the sex workers’ rights in the society. In 2016, the Supreme Court announced a judgment, saying that sex workers can’t cry for rape. The woman was refused payment post sexual intercourse and for seeking redressal, she moved to SC. This judgment was an indication that even in the eyes of judiciary, the prostitutes were ‘women with loose character.’ 

But there is always a ray of light. In past few years, the coins have flipped in the landmark judgment of 2018 [State (NCT of Delhi) v. Pankaj Chaudhary,2018 SCC OnLine SC 2256, decided on 30-10-2018]. This judgment gave us the famous phrase “no means no”. Four men gang raped a prostitute in a jhuggi, and took a plea that the woman was of bad character. The trial court punished them under Section 376 of IPC, but were later acquitted by the high court in 2009. Finally, in 1028, the apex court recognized the right of prostitute to refuse sexual intercourse. The court, reversing the judgment of the Delhi High Court stated that, “Even assuming that the prosecutrix was of easy virtue, she has a right to refuse to submit herself to sexual intercourse to anyone.” The Supreme Court further agreed with the trial court’s statement saying “even if the allegations of the accused that the prosecutrix is of immoral character are taken to be correct, same does not give any right to the accused persons to commit rape.” 

Prostitutes have never been accepted openly in the society, particularly in India, even though they have their roots lay deep in the history of this subcontinent. This profession has been a mainstream since the beginning; still the people are not ready to look at the prostitutes with a plain eye. Poverty has pushed many lives in the fire of this profession, and they are suffering very hard. Even though the society is changing, new laws are being formed almost every day, the prostitutes are still under the shadow of ignorance. No proper law has been framed to protect the rights of prostitutes. The ITP Act only worsens their conditions; it not only compels the prostitutes to practice individually and excludes them from security, but also mandates them to work in remote areas i.e. away from public places. This not only makes them vulnerable and at risk of exploitation by the customers, but also makes them socially isolated. The legislators must take a note of the profession indulging more than 20 million human lives in it and must work on the safety of the sex workers. They neither have any mention in the IPC nor the Labor Laws and the problems of the prostitutes are unanswered. However, the recent judgment has a great impact on their status and has grabbed attention of many scholars, the time is changing. This can be seen as a stepping stone towards the recognition of rights for prostitutes, but there is still a long way to go. 


-         Aarjav Jain



India has always been famous for its rich culture, heritage and Handicraft work. People from all over the world visit India and purchase handmade product as a sign of remembrance. Now again time has came to give platform to handicraft workers to showcase their talent in this Era of industrialization. We all know that due to advent of this Industrialization, we started neglecting handicraft workers by buying machine made product instead of handmade products. For example

Before cotton could even be created into material and different merchandise, the seeds should have been evacuated. With the creation of the cotton gin, paces could be expelled by machine. This reinforced the cotton exchange North America. The Indian cotton industry worked locally, as opposed to on a bigger, increasingly composed scale. This created additional decay and negatively affected the Indian cotton handiwork industry. One of the reasons of buying industrial product is surely their cheap price.


Indian Handicraft and traditional craft grandstand the rich legacy and genuine culture of our country. With delightful plans, the craftsman’s convey an inheritance of their property, fantasy, culture and cut their specialty into structures that can be sent to ages. Indian craftsmans were exceptionally respected and remunerated until the episode of nineteenth century industrialization. In any case, the Indian Government, since autonomy has executed different designs to make sure about this area, the industrialization has been kept on influencing craftsmans. Innovative progression is likewise a significant purpose for the decrease of carefully assembled items into machine made items that cost somewhat less as thought about, this thus taking Indian painstaking work industry is very nearly eradication.

Then again, the commitment of Indian handiworks can't be disregarded. The business has offered work to an enormous number of craftsmans from age to age. The state of the business in India has been changed at this point. Rather than higher possibilities, the segment is experiencing the intense decrease in send out business. The following are challenges Indian craftsmans are confronting:

·        Demand

With the start of globalization and the accessibility of more affordable and varied items, the market is confronting extreme rivalry in the worldwide market. These items are regularly seen as customary, good old and contradictory to present day tastes. There have been lesser efforts made so as to reposition the picture of crafted works in India and construct client valuation for the history and social character related with these items.

·        Production

The techniques and the process of crafting vary from one craft to another; the production takes place in households, with all the family members get engaged in various aspects of the process. Even though there are organized artisans structures exist, those craftsmen typically produce within community settings. .

·        Unfavorable condition of Exporter

Many small exporters it was difficult to survive in the market, as the demand for handmade products started declining due to coming of industries. As a result those small exporters started switching their business as they could not pay wages to labours and it became quite hard to survive in the market.


No doubt that industries are blessing for us and it reduces the time of production but it has its negative impact too which cannot be ignored at any cost. Due to coming of railways we could commute from one place to another, due coming of machines we could be able make products in 1 days which used to take months to prepare but negative impact was hard to recover from. Some of those are:

·        Loss of Jobs

Industrialization leads to loss of job of thousands of workers. Due to high demand of industrial produce because of being cheap and easy availability, the demand for handmade products started falling and it leads to loss of job of many handicraft workers

·        Migration of Workers

As the demand for Handicraft items started to decline, people who earned their living through this had to migrate from rural to urban in order to earn bread and butter for their families. They had to leave their homes and native place in order to work in the industries.

·        Exploitation by Industrialist

Workers have always been exploited by industrialist in many ways. There used to get low wages, owners of mills and factories forced them to work extra without any increment in their salaries Etc.


The advent of industrialization in India had bring so many positive changes like introduction of railway, through which we can commute from one place to another, introduction of machines which reduces the workload of humans etc. but the impact of industries have not been confined to its positive result but it has its negative impact on our Handicraft Workers like they had to left their homes in order to work in industries, they are being exploited by industrialist, they had to leave their ancestral work as the demand for handmade products started declining due to coming of industries. Although with the passing of time the government have made many policies for protection of Handicraft workers and for saving culture and heritage by promoting handicraft items and handlooms by providing them fiscal support.





[1] Student of Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla

[2] Rakesh, Keeping Alive India’s Traditional Handicrafts( 19 Oct 2020, 5:55 P.M.)

[3]Mamta Agarwal, Changing condition of Artisian In India(july 10 2020, 12:30 P.M.)