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Should Women Be Ordained-Debate in Roman Catholic Church

He tendered an open apology to Hegde lor the ill-treatment he was subjected to. A routine police enquiry has been ordered. The CM has stated that if his MLA son is proved to have been involved he will make him resign. This was not a particularly auspicious beginning but there are other somewhat disturbing portents as well. Practically every cabinet minister has started making policy statements. The statements are often at variance with one another. There are of course The usual grumblings about allocation of portfolios as also about MLAs not inducted into the ministry. Most disturbing of alt is the government's stand on reservations. It is stated that the government will revert to the government order issued by the Janata government in 1986 which hardly excluded any one. No formal order has been issued as yet. The party has also not covered itself with honour by making C M Ibrahim the president of the state unit. While a chaste speaker in Kannada, Ibrahim has been a figure of controversy and docs not enjoy a high reputation for probity. This is a rather brazen effort to please the Muslims. Deve Gowda is a very hard working person. As PWD minister he was known for his command of his portfolio. He is a leader with a mass base but where he will find himself tested is as a political manager. The vokkaligas and lingayats have established a hold over the party but how long the accommodation between them will last remains to be seen. Equally important is how the Hegde loyalists will act. The one saving grace may be that the ruling party does not enjoy a massive majority. That should prevent the sort of triumphalism which ruins parties which have runaway majorities. It is to be hoped that the new CM and his legislators appreciate this peculiar advantage. All that Deve Gowda has to do is to compare his party's performance during 1983-85 with that during the second phase.

Prostitution Laws

and Enforcement Practices Jean D'Cunha Prostitution as an institution can only be understood by exploring the economic and ideological base on which it rests. In the last four decades not only has the phenomenon reached alarming proportions but the forms of operation have changed as well. Militarisation, global impoverishment, development models pursued, etc, have alt had an impact on its growth. Governments all oyer the world have used the instrument of law as a means to deal with prostitutes and prostitution. This article attempts to examine the ideological underpinnings of these laws and their operation and how they affect all women.

Prostitution in a Patriarchal Society-A Critical Review of the SIT Act

The Suppressionof Immoral Traffic Act, passed in 1956 and enforced in 1958, was not the outcome of an independent and sustained mass movement in the country, but rather the result of India being a signatory to the United Nations International Convention for the Suppression of Traffic in Persons passed in 1950. The SIT Act did not seek to abolish prostitutes or prostitution per se and hence the practice of prostitution individually, independently and voluntarily by a women did not constitute an offence. However, certain sections of the Act conceived of the prostitute as an offender and criminalised the prostitute.
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