How to F*** Yourself (Without Getting Caught)


How to F*** Yourself (Without Getting Caught)

Illustration: Akshita Monga


he living room is littered with white packages, seemingly innocuous envelopes, stuffed full and soft to the touch. Divya Chauhan holds one up for inspection. This particular package will make its way to a small village in Bardhaman district of West Bengal. The delivery address was too obscure for the courier company, so Divya, the co-founder of a start-up selling sex toys online, decided to route it through the local post office. A week from now, an unsuspecting daakia will deliver a vibrating dildo to a blushing boudi.

Even as Divya Chauhan, anointed the first female erotica entrepreneur by a national newspaper recently, is empowering women, one blushing boudi at a time, there’s no denying that selling sex toys in India is a tricky business. Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code punishes the sale of any object which falls under the rather subjective term “obscene”. And the pink, penile objects contained in these sterile white pouches would definitely fall under that umbrella term. So entrepreneurs like Divya find circuitous routes around it.