Legalising Prostitution in India

The world is trapped between’ illegal’ and ‘immoral ‘. Prostitution might be illegal in India, but the business of life goes on. India is a country where history is not just what we had studied in our school but it is about the great values, tradition, culture, humanity, brotherhood and religious beliefs of every Indian. It is the tradition which had been carried by our great Kings, queens, warriors and scholars. These are not merely words written in our dictionary but it is still present in every Indian heart when it comes to prostitution, which is said to be one of the oldest profession in India, in fact, it is the oldest profession of the world. When it comes to prostitution history is forgotten, and humanity and traditions take a back seat. What should now we call this? A cultural India or Hippocratic India.

The most interesting part is that people are considering prostitution, a sin or a black spot in our Indian culture. Prostitution has been an old-age profession which came into existence. It has been claimed that is part of our Indian society before Christ. Though surprisingly, prostitution has still not got any specific legal recognition in our country. It can be said it is neither legal nor illegal. This profession can be considered an illegal profession in our society but still, it exists since an early time. Turning into a prostitute completely depends upon the situation which she has faced. No girl is born with the tag of a prostitute from the Mother’s Womb. The situation differs:

  1. Ill-treatment by parents.
  2. Bad company.
  3. Lack of sex education
  4. Rape victim
  5. Economic problems
  6. Psychological causes physical pleasure and greed.

History of Prostitution

Today the thing which exists has its own history. Every practice is broadly classified into categories of religion ancient and literature. One of the practices is prostitution which has its own history. This was practiced from the time of God and Goddesses the’ Indra ‘who is known to be the god of rain. In his Court, there was an ‘Apsara’ namely ‘Urvashi’ and ‘Menaka’ from whom he used to take help to seduce and distract his enemy with their Beauty And Dance. Time has changed Apsara who were then given respect and Honour now are known as prostitutes and they are ill-treated. Nothing has changed but our attitude made prostitutes suffer. They are also common in the ancient history of Gupta till Aurangzeb. They were asked to dance sing and spend time with them to release their stress. Even in Navratri, the festival of the nine goddesses the Statue of Durga is made by the soil taken from the prostitute’s door, it is said that it is a saying that it is “Puniya matii” that means pure soil. History made us realize that prostitution is not a bad profession but it used to help the Warriors, and soldiers leave their stress.


In the conclusion, I would like to say that prostitution legalization will protect women from abuse and violence. On the contrary, it is a very dangerous and risky business. People who are into this business are prone to rape. The morality of sex workers is higher as opposed to people with other jobs. Furthermore, on the brighter side, it can be added revenue for the government. By legalizing it Brothels, workers and other Businessmen will be obliged to pay tax. Provinces and permissible prostitution will earn more tax from these businesses.

Lastly, I would like to conclude by saying that Legalising Prostitution in India is a never-ending matter. Attitude towards prostitution should broaden the mind of our society. The sex trade is here to stay and by recognizing it as a legitimate form of work, all the involved parties can receive benefits. The legalization might protect the right of sex workers and can change their life. They can live a better life with proper rights and proper attitudes.

Write-up by Richa Saxena

Law Corner

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