Shweta Basu Prasad Prostitution Case Exposes Double Standards Of Society
As soon as I read the headline regarding this incident, I immediately recalled the cute little girl from the movie ‘Makdee’ even without referring to the article. I remembered her because of her great performances in ‘Makdee’ and ‘Iqbal’. Shweta couldn’t take the best benefits of her success and was not seen in many movies after that. She also tried her luck in South Indian movies and also on television but without much success.
The girl who was almost forgotten by everyone came back into limelight when she was recently arrested in a hotel as part of a prostitution racket. Suddenly everybody started blaming her without even trying to know about the rest of the people involved. The public didn’t even try to know the causes of her taking up prostitution.
Shweta said that she had to sell herself as she had no other option left to earn money and she has to support her family. The reasons don’t matter as much as the complete acquittal of the clients. No channel tried to catch hold of politicians, businessmen or whoever else was involved in the case. The names have got to big as not everyone can pay One lakh rupee to call-girls. This is the amount which is said to be collected by Shweta from each of her clients. She was caught in Park Hyatt Hotel in Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad. The hotel-name and locality are enough to tell you the stature of her clients.
The so called high-profile names were let go of as it is really easy to victimize a girl and make breaking news. The men from respected families are safe and Shweta’s life has been ruined.
Prostitution in India
Prostitution is still illegal in India even though it is the reality of society and everybody knows about it. Shweta has all the rights over her body and it is only she who can decide what she wants to with it. There is no need to blame a girl who was just trying to support herself and she did not drag anybody to pay her. It was the men who came to her for her ‘services’.
I recently read an article about gigolos in a fashion magazine and one of the person told clearly that most struggling actors (both male and female) take up the profession as everybody wants to be with a known face. These struggling artists make good money by selling their bodies.
According to me, prostitution should be made legal for the betterment of prostitutes. In many countries it is legal and escorts get government-benefits as the rest of the working population. In India, prostitution is a profession which is obvious but still clandestine. The prostitutes are exploited by the people who give them work and most of them are not paid well. If government makes it an organized sector then it will benefit a lot of poor people because only NGOs cannot do much to help prostitutes.
Girls are caught and embarrassed in front of everyone while no one cares about the men who went to them. Whether it is famous names or ordinary people, society should learn to be empathetic towards prostitutes and not shame them. This is the choice of an individual and if they are not harming others, then it is not fair to treat them like criminals.
What do you have to say about this issue in India?
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