20. Removal of prostitute from any place.
(1) A Magistrate on receiving information that any person residing in or frequenting any place within the local limits of his jurisdiction is a prostitute, may record the substance of the information received and issue a notice to such person requiring her to appear before the Magistrate and show cause why she should not be required to remove herself from the place and be prohibited form reentering it.
(2) Every notice issued under subsection (1) shall be accompanied by a copy of the record aforesaid and the copy shall be served along with the notice on the person against whom the notice is issued.
(3) The Magistrate shall, after the service of the notice referred to in subsection (2), proceed to inquire into the truth of the information received, and after giving the person an opportunity of adducing evidence; take such further evidence as he thinks fit and if upon such inquiry it appears to him that such person is a prostitute and that it is necessary in the interest of the general public that such person should be required to remove herself therefrom and be prohibited from re-entering the same, the Magistrate shall, by order in writing communicate to the person in the manner specified therein, require her after a date (to be specified in the order) which shall not be less than seven days from the date of the order, to remove herself from the place to such place whether within or without the local limits of his jurisdiction, by such route or routes and within such time as may be specified in the order and also prohibit her from reentering the place without the permission in writing of the Magistrate having jurisdiction over such place.
(4) Whoever, -
(a) Fails to comply with an order issued under this section, within the period specified therein, or whilst an order prohibiting her from re-entering a place without permission is in force, re-enters the place without such permission, or
(b) Knowing that any person has, under this section, been required to remove herself from the place and has not obtained the requires site permission to re-enter it, harbours or conceals such person in the place, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees and in the case of a continuing offence with an additional fine which may extend to twenty rupees for every day after the first during which she or he has persisted in the offence.
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