THE MYTH OF HIRA MANDI – NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT

THE MYTH OF HIRA MANDI
NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT

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In recent years the world is paying attention to the Hira Mandi of Lahore. First there were few documentaries, then few books, and then few films, all bent upon blackening the face of a Muslim culture, gone awry. The world’s oldest profession is not limited to the ‘Hira Mandi’ of Lahore. It is related to every society in the world, but the West has made it a modern institution of SEX-WORKERS. Funny, isn’t it. Romanticizing the worst of your social network. And the amazing part is that in a western society, where not only sex is allowed, but is routine in a guiltless environment, there is still the need for the sex workers to go into action. And the dirtiest act are filmed in photographs and video, and quaint practices, exported all over the world.

Sex workers of Lahore
Sex workers of Lahore

Some years back a ring was broken in Ceylon, where a missionary institution of a beach city, international monsters flocked to that city, to have sex parties with small boys. On television one could see photographs of the practices. But the Hira Mandi of Lahore still attracts international media attention, and neglect their own dirty linen washed in public.

What was Hira Mandi? A market set up to sell ‘ghala’ food stuffs by the handsome Sikh Sardar Hira Singh, son of Raja Dhian Singh. People fancifully think that the reference to ‘Hira’ is the reference to the ‘diamonds’ being rented out there, meaning the ‘kangris’ of Lahore. Obviously a misconception under all counts. So who made ‘Hira Mandi’ the den of prostitutes? The British, of course. And why? For that we have to study the history of Lahore.

My uncle used to tell me that ‘kangris’ of Lahore were everywhere. Every mohalla had a house of a prostitute too. If not all, at least most. That became an administrative issue. When the British took over Lahore in 1849, they had to consolidate the law and order. Laws were passed to regulate Gambling, as well as prostitution. The Hira Mandi was selected as a Red Light area, not merely for its convenience, but also due to the fact that the Badshahi mosque was just near the place. That gave them good propaganda mechanism to bring dis-credit to the Muslims here. But that is not all.

Prostitutes of Lahore
Prostitutes of Lahore

The British issued a licensing system for prostitution in Lahore. The Hindus got the license by saying that it was part of their religious duty. The Muslims declared it to be a ‘Muta’, or temporary marriage, to provide relief to travellers. For that all prostitutes had to declare their allegiance to the Shia doctrines, and that is why you see all Kangris of Hira Mandi following the Shia doctrine, and in the period of religious mourning, Hira Mandi is the one place, which is totally closed. This is not any calumny, but a fact of history, which cannot be challenged by anyone. Everybody knows it, and it was initially told to me by a reputed lawyer, of yester- years. That is the license system.

History goes further back to that. And that is when Aurangzeb Alamgeer had eliminated prostitution from Lahore, who brought it back? And that is another story!

10 thoughts on “THE MYTH OF HIRA MANDI – NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT”

  1. For personal convenience people use the name of religion which is totally wrong. No religion sanctions wrong in any way but the Judeo Christian Muslim traditions re separate from the others.

    1. Prostitution rises and recedes with social circumstances. It does not go away. Character building, self control is required but most important sexual direction must be there. Libido has to be channeled.
      But who brought it back? The British of course by giving it FIRST TIME EVER LEGAL COVER.

      1. Hira Mandi part two is on the anvil soon. But the most degrading profession of the world is being romanticized by the West as a kind of Julia Roberts of Pretty Woman into a socially acceptable sex worker. Phew!

  2. “The British issued a licensing system for prostitution in Lahore. The Hindus got the license by saying that it was part of their religious duty. The Muslims declared it to be a ‘Muta’, or temporary marriage, to provide relief to travelers. For that all prostitutes had to declare their allegiance to the Shia doctrines, and that is why you see all Kangris of Hira Mandi following the Shia doctrine, and in the period of religious mourning, Hira Mandi is the one place, which is totally closed. This is not any calumny, but a fact of history, ”
    A CONCERNED PERSON IMPLIES THAT WE HAVE PINPOINTED THE SHIA DOCTRINE IN THIS WAY. NOT AT ALL. OBVIOUSLY ALL HIRA MANDI IS NOT OF SHIA DOCTRINE BUT IN THE TIMES OF THE BRITISH THIS WAS USED AS A RUSE TO PUT A LEGAL COVER ON PROSTITUTION. NO HARM OR INSULT MEANT ANYWHERE. I hope UN-NAMED you get our point of view which is based on documentation not to label anyone.

  3. All our writings are based on proper research and DOCUMENTATION. To slur anyone or any group is beyond us in our wildest imagination. This is a forum of peace not war. Islam is peace itself.

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