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Advertisement for a political meeting at the Exeter Hall, reverse side

Advertisement for a political meeting at the Exeter Hall, reverse side

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Evan.6780

Item number: 6780

Genre: Leaflet

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This meeting was held at the Exeter Hall to discuss the regulation of the Contagious Diseases Act in India. The protesters are demanding from the Secretary of State for India, Lord Cross, the abolition of the "State regulation of lust in India".

This was a system in which 12 to 15 native women were appointed to each regiment of soldiers and given a licence to consort with British soldiers only. These women lived in appointed houses and their bodies were examined regularly to ensure that they were free from contagious diseases. If they were found to be infected they were confined to a hospital until cured. This system was maintained by the Contagious Diseases Act.

This leaflet outlines the misery that this situation brought these women. In 1888 the House of Commons was made aware of this system, and on 5 June 1888 a resolution was passed to repeal the existing regulation.

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