Person of the Week: Ravi Shankar Prasad


Person of the Week: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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early beloved, we are all gathered here today with God as our witness, to join Ravi Shankar Prasad and unreasonableness in holy matrimony. Prasad, the union minister with the law and justice and information technology portfolios, asserted yesterday that prostitution has reduced post-demonetisation. He said, “Flesh trade has nosedived in India. Trafficking of women and girls has gone down considerably. Due to the flesh trade, a huge amount of cash used to flow to Nepal and Bangladesh… Notes of ₹500 and ₹1,000 (now junked) were used to make payments in the flesh trade, which has now come down.”

Prasad’s fascinatingly woke, scientific statement has raised quite a few logical eyebrows — and we’re not even going to attempt talking about his paternalistic attitude, something this government excels at. But let’s try and ask a few logical questions.