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Husband-Wife IPS Officer Moots Making Prostitution Legal in Goa

Two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers have raked up controversy in Goa by raising their pitch for legalising prostitution in the state.

Speaking at a function organised by the Rotary Club last week in the capital, the husband-wife duo of IPS officers Priyanka and Kartik Kashyap called for legalising prostitution.
They, however added, that it was their “personal opinion”.

Their comments have caught the attention of Goa citizens, many of whom have not been charitable in their reactions to the suggestion for legalising the prostitution.

Priyanka Kashyap, a 2009 batch officer newly appointed as North District Superintendent of Police, said: “I am in favour of legalisation of prostitution. It’s a purely personal opinion.”

Her comments came at a time when Goa is trying to shed off the image of being a sex tourism destination.

The steady crackdown on massage parlours and raids on prostitution dens have been top priorities of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state government.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on occasion of the Independence Day this year, said: “Prostitution and drugs are ruining Goa’s tourism sector, but my government is determined to rid Goa of these ills.”

Priyanka’s husband Kartik Kashyap, attached to the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC), thinks differently on the issue of prostitution.

The 2009 batch officer claims that legalisation of prostitution has worked well in some countries, but in India the question of morality comes as a stumbling block.

“It (legalising prostitution) has its advantages and disadvantages. They are two sides to a coin. Some countries have done well. Our country has a different view. Morality-immorality and all those things, it’s a policy level question,” said Kashyap, who was also speaking at the same function.


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