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Massage parlours in Goa

Dirty Dancing – 3

November 11 – 17, 2013

Pushpa Iyengar

Parlour Power

For a while now, there has been a clamour among owners of massage parlours to be allowed to form themselves into an association under a body like the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  One so organized that they would be able to lobby and even have the right to negotiate and make inconveniences like raids, closure even if temporary, to disappear.  But it would spell the death knell for the women who are forced into prostitution under the guise of working in massage parlours, claims Arun Pandey, director, ARZ (Anyay Rahit Zindagi), which is committed to combating trafficking for sexual abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Even as things stand, without an association to back them, parlour owners are powerful.  The raids on massage parlours to stamp out CSE of women are no solution because they do not go into the root of the problem.  Raids happen regularly but massage parlours are like cats which have nine lives.  For instance, Lotus Beauty Parlour, a swanky parlour which is notorious in Porvorim, was raided and shut down.  But, only briefly because it returned in another avatar this time calling itself Lots, and its activities continued like before.  It was raided some months ago and is currently closed.  Often the police shut down an errant parlour, give the keys back to the owners (literally and metaphorically speaking) because there is money to be made for them; the raids and closure done for public consumption only.

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Massage parlour in Goa

Dirty Dancing – 2

November 4 – 10, 2013

Pushpa Iyengar

Crossing the line

On paper, Goa has one of the most evolved Goa Public Health Rules, 1987 which were amended and notified on July 29, 2010 where, among the many provisions there is this one – rule 15A (F) which very clearly lays down that massage parlours and spas should make “provision of male masseur for massage of males and female masseur for massage of females”.

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Mining environmental disaster

Mining Malaise - 5

Mining Environmental Disaster

October 21-27, 2013

Pushpa Iyengar

“Mining cannot subvert the common good. If mining serves the common good, we shall allow it only to that extent.” These were Justice A. K. Patnaik’s words at the Supreme Court which is currently hearing the mining case. Words that many people living in the seven talukas of Goa where mining was rampant, feel reflect what they went through. Mining was a curse – it took away their health, their peace and prosperity in the land which once sustained them.

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Mining benefits

Mining Malaise - 6

October 27-November 3, 2013

Pushpa Iyengar

Mining ban has diverse benefits

The ban on mining has had diverse benefits.  The irony is that while the government is pushing for mining to restart and is in fact putting in place various things to hit the ground running as it were because those in the mining industry are eager to get back to business and pushing hard; people living in mining areas view the prospect with dread.  A point that is not disputable and yet every discussion group and media story appears to find unmentionable.

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Mining, Digambar Kamat

Mining Malaise - 4

  October 14-20, 2013

Pushpa Iyengar

Too little too late

The big news this week was that finally the big guns were seemingly entangled in the mining case with former chief ministers Pratapsing Rane and Digambar Kamat being named by the anti-corruption bureau in the Rs 35,000 crore (1 crore = 100,00,000) mining scam.  But the FIR has had a tefflon effect on anyone from the BJP including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar although he presided as CM (between 2000-2001) when mining activities were plundering Goa.

But the inaccuracies in the complaint, the omission of mine owners who exported as much as 54 million tonnes of iron ore in 2011-2012 before the ban on mining which reflects how greed was the only driving force makes it seem that the FIR was an eyewash rather than a serious intent to get to the bottom of the truth that led to the destruction of Goa’s environment.

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