India's first sex toy store in Goa asked to stop operations within a month of its opening

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India's first sex toy store in Goa asked to stop operations within a month of its opening
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  • India’s first brick and mortar sex toy store Kama Gizmos opened in February to much hype in Calangute, Goa.
  • Within one month of its operations, the company has been asked to shut shop as it didn’t have a licence.
  • The panchayat of the area asked the store to shut operations due to the lack of a licence, as well as because people had raised issues or complaints about the store.
India’s first sex toy store opened in February to much hype in Calangute, Goa. But within one month of its operations, the company has been asked to shut shop as it didn’t have a licence.

According to media reports, the panchayat of the area asked the store to shut operations due to the lack of a licence, as well as because people had raised issues or complaints about the store.

Kama Gizmos, the sex toy and wellness store was opened in partnership by KamaKart and Gizmoswala. While KamaKart runs a chain of sexual wellness stores in South India, Gizmoswala is an online sex toy store based out of Mumbai.

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“Our trade licence application is under process but we were advised by the people working with the Panchayat that we can open the store and the license would be issued in a few days. On Saturday (March 13), the Panchayat told us not to open the shop for some days so we kept it closed. We were under a lot of pressure from the local authority. Since we are outsiders and not from Goa, we are an easy target,” Prawin Ganeshan, chief executive of KamaKart told the Indian Express.

The store was the country’s first legal brick and mortar store, even though there are multiple online stores that exist. As per reports, the sale of sex toys in India surged during lockdown – online stores saw a 65% rise in sales.

The hype around the store opening was high for a country like India, which still sees sex being a hush-hush discussion, if at all it’s spoken about.

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