She was barely having any clothes to hide her scratch marks, my naked eye of humanity got ransacked encountering the vehemently punished sense of Humanity. She was a 14 years old girl sleeping spiritlessly in a bathroom sized room on a raucous mattress shrinking her arms and legs into one. She suddenly woke up and asked in her chocked voice “Kya chahiye?”
In India prostitution is the new untouchability. 2018 I decided to visit to
Delhi’s most infamous area GB road and Chawri Bazar at night. Me and my friend who is also a budding journalist from Noida planned one Saturday night to actually go and observe how distressful it is to see the
sexual disparities of women in the national
capital like Delhi. Before getting into the
emotional distortion of my non-fiction, the
position of prostitution in India should be
quantified yet it is one of the most stereotyped, tabooed and hypocritical narrative to debate around. There are more than 657,000 prostitutes in India in 2016 data, cities like Bombay, Delhi and Kolkata are disguising massive markets
Prostitution exists and everybody knows that, still unmoved. There are no social laws to guide the mentality. Dismantling the hierarchal hypocrisy, we need to find whether Prostitution is legal in India or not? If it is legal then why child trafficking? If illegal then what about those brothels who treat women as commodities.
Why so obscure? Why pimps and brothels are shabby and shady ? In December 2009
Supreme Court touching the most sensitive
question asked the government that if they
cannot stop, why not make it legal? The matter boiled up in newsroom debates and condensed there only. Again the questions were raised when Lalita Kumar Mangalam former chairperson of the National Commission for Women said that she will make Prostitution legal in India, many women activists raised their voices against it. Destitution of this debate is either way women have to suffer as there is no permanent solution to patriarchy and
growing capitalism where power and money rules and regulates.
Now let’s look up to what will happen if we legalize prostitution in India, proposed submissions are highly optimistic saying it can stop human trafficking human
trafficking, sexual exploitation of women,
can save women from the violence and cruelty of Police and society for being a prostitute, can help modifying the
prospective of sex and woman, can keep check on STDs and HIV infections, can improve the living standards of women working in such areas, can provide better education to their children, can normalize the idea of women with sexual desires as men, can ask the customers to take accountability and lastly can improve the safety and security of a women working In such fields. Similar fundamentals where also supported by Swati Maliwal chief of Delhi commission of women in 2018 where she said that the only possible solution
to end prostitution is to make it visible through legalizing it in Delhi. But
the whole narrative seems idealistic and without structure as India is no Utopian society. There are many laws already made and never regulated like child labor.
Criticisms against legalizing sexual trade
seems more powerful as it shows the sides of sheer nakedness and animalism of Indian society. Prostitution is not one problem but an inter-connected mess of social issues. When you say legalization of sex will improve the living standards of women working in that sector, the question ‘How’ demolishes the debated as there were never absolute independent and honest regulators in India for already existing laws like child labor and free primary education. Even in the most posh societies of South Delhi, child labors can be easily found in homes. Hence
the irony is that there is hardly any regulation followed correctly regarding the
most visible evils like child labor, child
marriage, female feticide etc so how can we say that making laws will make it any better rather it can boom the pockets of sex racketeers and child traffickers and dooms the whole concept of consent.
Arguments having criteria questioning what about emotional health ? Depression and mental isolation from the society as we can see clearly in European Nations where
prostitution is legal women are more
addicted to drugs to escape psychological
introspections and guilt. There is no bottom line for now, there can’t be a black and white solution to it as for now in India 70
percent of sex workers according to ground level activists like Nandita Rao are the result of child trafficking here prostitution is not consensual but forced.
India where sex education is judged and
demoralized, sex workers will have to face
philosophical vacuum for ages to mix. The idea of prostitution shouldn’t be like “ A man can pay to consume a women’s body sexually”. This change in narrative will take time, the legalization of sex is still a political question where it should be societal and physiological. But what about that 14year old girl I left in the brutalities of that brothel and escaped, her eyes still haunts my nights, I can’t forget the smell of the room full of used protections all over the place, it smelled like someone died there, actually she dies there daily. I was numb and looking towards her, fumbling upon my helplessness when suddenly I felt an unforgivable and unforgettable grip over shoulder, I turned back and a lady with cold eyes asked my friend how much money he can pay, I was unable to understand the damage of the whole situation and there I heard her manly rustic voice announcing “20rupay ek raat ka” for the girl terror haunted in the corner of obscurity. My friend and i somehow managed to run away after giving all our money to the pimp lady. Later i got to know that even the autowalas and local policemen are involved in this whole dystopia.
But I am not scared,
I will go there again.