Report No. 64
6.27. Section 18.-
Under section 18(1), a Magistrate may, on receipt of information from the police or otherwise, that any house, room, place or any portion thereof within a distance of two hundred yards of any public place referred to in sub-section (1) of section 7, is being run or used as a brothel by any person, or is being used by prostitutes for carrying on their trade, issue notice on the owner, lessor or landlord of such house, room, place or portion or the agent of the owner, lessor or landlord or on the tenant, lessee, occupier of, or any other person in charge of such house, room, place, or portion, to show cause within seven days of the receipt of the notice why the same should not be attached for improper user thereof. If, after hearing the person concerned, the Magistrate is satisfied that the house, room, place, or portion is being used as a brothel or for carrying on prostitution, then the Magistrate may pass orders-
(a) directing eviction of the occupier within seven days of the passing of the order from the house, room, place, or portion;
(b) directing that before letting it out during the period of one year immediately after the passing of the order, the owner, lessor or landlord or the agent of the owner, lessor or landlord shall obtain the previous approval of the Magistrate.
Under sub-section (2) a court convicting a person of any offence under section 3 or section 7 may pass orders under sub-section (1), without further notice to such person to show cause as required in that sub-section. These are the important provisions of the section.