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Widespread confusion as India legalizes internet prostitution

12, Dec 2009 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. Central government has decided to legalize prostitution after the Supreme Court taunted them to do so in wake of their failure to curb it. But don’t go shopping yet, there is a catch – the legalization has been sanctioned only in the virtual world. Starting this Monday, internet prostitution would become a legitimate virtual activity in various states of India, except Jammu & Kashmir, which is a special part of the Indian republic.

“We wanted to test out how this works out in the virtual world before implementing it in the real world. If nothing untoward happens, we might see prostitution becoming a lawful activity in the real life as well.” Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, cabinet minister for Law & Justice informed.

The decision of the government has caused major confusion among the general public, who were not sure how the law would work. Some experts interpreted the law as sanctioning online interactions and transactions for receiving or offering sex services. Such people deem the law as being unfair to people not having knowledge or access to internet.

“What about the poor and illiterate prostitutes who have no knowledge of internet? And what about people who want to receive services of prostitutes but are not internet savvy? This is an elitist and discriminatory law.” Kalpana Karmakar, spokesperson of Lawyers Against Discrimination protested.

Legalization of prostitution has been a long pending demand
Legalization of prostitution has been a long pending demand

Such people also suspect that the law would give rise to ‘virtual pimps’, who would spot the opportunity to offer internet services to prostitutes and their clients.

Some other people wondered why the government was even toying with the idea of testing something online after the online CAT fiasco earlier, where servers were hacked and students were asked extremely personal and ridiculous questions.

The third set of skeptics completely dismissed the law as being ‘absurd’ by interpreting the law as allowing virtual sexual activities only.

“This is a complete hogwash by the government. It’s true that most of us are increasingly becoming internet savvy and prefer to do most of the things online. But tell me, who on earth would like to have sex online? And even if I type ooh, aah, yeah baby, give it to me, etc. kind of stuff to feel like having sex, why would I pay for it?” Varun, a software engineer, angrily asked.

Even after such apprehensions being raised, the government officials and ministers have refused to elaborate upon the law, arguing that it was the job of courts to interpret and elaborate a law. The legal society too is unsure.

“Unless a case comes up before a court and all arguments are put before a jury, no one can say for sure what should be the correct interpretation of this law. Let’s all wait till someone is arrested for breaking this law, and then we will know what does the law stipulate.” Ram Jhoothmalani, a leading lawyer told Faking News.

“Law breakers are the most important set of people after law makers. Both of them decide how we should be governed, sometimes together.” Mr. Jhoothmalani quipped.