Be sophisticated atleast if not respected

18 Jul

After the Olympic Games, Commonwealth is the second most popular game event in the world in terms of number of multinational athletes and participating teams. It is held once every four years. The ‘Friendly Games‘ are starting from 3rd October 2010 and are being hosted in Delhi. Its because of this 12 day gaming carnival, the city has seen rise has a seen a lot of development in the past few months. Rs 3,472 crore funds have been released by the Union government for making Common wealth games a grand success plus the funds given by the Common wealth federation.

There is this one place in Delhi that is being ignored from all the beautification work and being treated as if it doesn’t exist. That one place is the G.B. Road. Since prostitution is not legal in India, so legally this place does not exist and thus no funds were allotted for the development of this particular area. Besides prostitution, this area is famous for renowned hardware materials. This is the last of the five red-light areas in Delhi during the Mughal era. All others were closed down by the British, and this one named after a British collector Garstin Bastion. In 1965, the name was officially changed to Swami Shradhanand Marg. This place has 20 buildings housing 84 brothels and is a home to almost 4,500 sex workers.

The interesting part is even though the government is officially ignoring GB Road but it seems to have given an unofficial not to the development in this place as over one hundred thousand visitors are expected for the Commonwealth games. Which is why the NGO’s and owners of brothels have taken up to facelift the area and match up to the rest of the city. This oldest and the biggest red light area is not less historically important as  compared to other places according to the workers here.

It’s a simple 3 point agenda :

  1. Make the place comfortable
  2. Polish the girls for high end clientele
  3. Cater to the increase in demand

The paan spit-stained walls and dingy interiors have been replaced with new beds, clean sheets, tiles, receptionist corner, split AC’s, LCD’s, Refrigerators and everything else that the visitors might need while conducting their core business. The idea is to create an ambience in which the Games tourist, driven by more than a lust for sports, can have a bit of fun  in greater comfort. But the residents are concerned that the bad state of roads would turn away the ‘valuable’ foreign tourists who shell out large amount of money.

The sex workers are learning to speak basic English – Hello, How are you?, Please use condoms. They are also reading books to gain basic knowledge of foreign languages. Other grooming lessons include politeness and courtesy. A few handpicked by the brothel madams, are being groomed by ‘experts’ specially hired for the purpose. Steps are being taken to ensure the safety of these women. They are being tested for HIV virus. The government has been requested to ensure that the foreigner have also had a complete medical check-up to prevent ‘alien diseases’. Apparently during the Asian Games in 1982 there was a rise in STD cases. But the workers say that they are capable of taking care of themselves and such excess formalities will affect their business. They are concerned that their clients might be harassed by police and touts. The girls want to ensure that no foreigner is cheated and goes home with a bad image of country. Such proud Indians.

There is approximately 50 per cent shortfall in the number of women available in New Delhi. 25 per cent of this will be met by the A-list prostitutes from Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Bangalore, and the other 25 per cent will be sourced from Punjab and Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the North East.

Its speculated that because the government has been unable to prepare the venues for the event and the preparation of the athletes isn’t all that good, the officials want to diverting the attention of the visiting athletes, officials and spectators from the main event.

Like all other markets, this also follows the simple demand and supply principle of economics. Double the rates and increase the workforce.

The pimps claim that the flow of money through a mega prostitution extravaganza is likely to be much higher than what the government of India would be spending as an overall expenditure to hold the event. Some Escort agencies have fixed the rates as high as Rs 23,000 Per hour for the foreign clients.

What is the definition of good clients to them? Who does not bargain too much, pays properly before and after the service and remains gentle throughout.

And Who are the worst clients? Army (they come in groups and also leave them unpaid. Even the dalals don’t dare to take on the these people as they are powerful)


4 Responses to “Be sophisticated atleast if not respected”

  1. udi July 22, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    these are your own thoughts or just read somewhere and picked up as it is?

    • chilicheesetoast July 22, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      Have said this to you many times before – News is news. The facts remain the same. We obviously read something somewhere about the prostitutes of GB Road and we wrote about in our blog. You feel that it has been picked up from some other place and it is correct to an extent because we dont change the facts. Blogging is about writing our views around ‘a fact’. For reading exact news without any opinions of the author, pick up the nearest newspaper. Personal views are totally PERSONAL, you might like our views or may not.
      A lot of effort and time goes in to research, and writing an article. It isnt just ctrl+C , crtl+V (copy and paste).
      No one can have “own thoughts” about whats happening in common wealth. At the most I can say what I think about what is being done. And here I am trying to say that its funny the way govt is trying to divert attention from incomplete projects. This goes for all the posts filed under the category Cheese.
      (Atleast dont decrease if u cant increase)

  2. Vishal July 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Bravo. What a bold subject to choose. As long as prostitution is not made legal, their lives will be dangerous from cops and gundas and when made legal, they might suffer legaly.

    • chilicheesetoast July 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

      dangerous or not dangerous…i was just trying to point out how the people of our country are planning to ‘divert’ the attention of the visitors!

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