I was recently having a discussion with my friend about the possible solutions to prevent sexual assaults against women in India. He said the only solution is to legalize prostitution in India. I was appalled and angry not because I have anything against sex workers, they are women too and they get assaulted as well, but I did not see how it would help prevent assaults against all women. At first seemed more to me like hey…let’s redirect the perverts and abusers towards sex workers and give them protection and it’ll keep the rest of the women safe.
He says legalizing and giving protection to prostitutes and working on socially biased segments first will send a social message and stop sexual violence against all other women too, but I just do not get it. He says if social, economic and professionally biased society (mainly prostitutes) get security, there is a message that its not easy to commit a crime and get away with it. He says start institutionalizing from rock bottom and work your way to other classes. Why can’t the class be “women” rather than just one sub class like prostitutes or engineers?
I wanted to ask your opinion on what my friend said. Is my pea brain just not getting the bigger picture? Can sexual violence against all women be stopped if we legalize prostitution and work our way up from the most socially discriminated class?
Thank you !