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Legalize prostitution ; homosexuality to end AIDS

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The elderly people of India, whose population is growing at a quite fast rate, are increasingly becoming insecure about livelihood, healthcare and even shelter. They have only the protection of the recently proposed Parents and Senior Citizens (Welfare and Maintenance) Bill, which makes it mandatory for children to care for their parents and grandparents and any non-compliance could invite penal action. The worst is the case of the ageing prostitutes who have no means of livelihood in their later years and who have no children to back them up financially as the girl child of a prostitute generally ends up as a prostitute herself having no means to look after her mother while the son of a prostitute also takes up generally the job of a pimp and can hardly be expected to follow the law. Equally saddening is the case of eunuchs and homosexuals who do not have any children to fall back on. Apart from leading a lonely life of a destitute, the prostitutes, eunuchs and homosexuals who indulge in unsafe sex and are generally female or male prostitutes, are also most prone to become a victim of HIV/AIDS. Since these categories of people are also citizens of India, it is very much the responsibility of the Government to provide for them in their later years. However, the Government at present hardly has any funds to make such a provision. Therefore, the Government should impose an entertainment tax on the clients of the prostitutes, eunuchs and homosexuals by legalizing both prostitution and homosexuality. They can also provide for the health care of these categories of the people from the collection of funds through such a tax. Those male and female prostitutes who are already suffering from HIV/AIDS should be quarantined and provided subsistence through this tax. If the Government thinks that it can abolish prostitution and homosexuality, then it is living in a foolâs paradise as prostitution and homosexuality are prevalent since the mankind came into being.

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