Furthermore, it mandated the regular medical examination of female prostitutes.

If any of these women were found to be infected during an examination, they were required to undergo in-patient treatment.

As the practice of prostitution increasingly became a source of contention between Indians and the British, another Cantonment Act was enacted.

Stephen Edwardes, police commissioner of Bombay from 1909 to 1917, noted that brothels of European women were accepted so that British men did not have to engage in sexual relations with Indian women.

Growing social disapproval of sexual relations with Indian women compelled the authorities to accept prostitution as a necessary evil.

From the time the Contagious Disease Acts had been enacted, they were controversial.

There was a growing Abolitionism movement that sought to end state-regulated prostitution.

They were even more anxious about the production of mixed-race children from such unions, as it threatened European racial purity.

Although sexual intercourse between British men and Indian women was acceptable, the British authorities would have preferred they interact with European women instead.Other Abolitionists viewed state sanctioned prostitution as morally offensive and harmful.In 1869, groups were formed in opposition to the Contagious Disease Acts, which included the National Association for the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act and the Ladies National Association for the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts.The practice of prostitution in colonial India was influenced by British rule dating back to the 19th century.From this century, continuing to the early 20th century, the rule of British India facilitated, regulated, and many times encouraged prostitution.Some of this opposition came from the prominent feminist Josephine Butler.