The Dollhouse of Disrepute

True Crime

The Dollhouse of Disrepute

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré


don’t want bhabhi maal,” Gopal yells at a cab driver who’s taken him to Jamuna Mansion. Around him, draping the doorstep of the infamous brothel in Mumbai’s Girgaon, stand large, matronly women with their nighties and petticoats rolled up to their massive thighs.

The women chew tobacco, indifferent to the insult. They know there are many men who like “bhabhi maal just fine.