Prostitution in India: laws, debates and responses

Geetanjali Gangoli

in International approaches to prostitution

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346728
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302612 | DOI:
Prostitution in India: laws, debates and responses

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This chapter explains in detail the prostitution in India. The existing national laws and policy regarding prostitution and trafficking for prostitution are discussed. The chapter then examines the implementation of the laws by the police, and judicial pronouncements looking at the extent to which women in the profession have access to rights under the law. Additionally, it investigates the proposals to legalise prostitution in one state in India, and the extent to which patriarchal assumptions about prostitution are challenged or strengthened by the proposed laws. The chapter also probes the policy suggestions made by the central government that seek to combine politically correct language and feminist rhetoric with conservative notions of prostitution and women in prostitution. There is little consensus on whether legalisation or decriminalisation would benefit women and children in prostitution.

Keywords: prostitution; India; trafficking; legalisation; decriminalisation; national laws; policy

Chapter.  9031 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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