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Mumbai couple raid: A ban on love?


mumbai1By Ridham Gambhir

Knock knock! Who is it?

Not Don, but Mumbai Police to arrest consenting adults for their “indecent behavior in public”. Since when has spending time within four walls of a room become an ‘indecent‘ and ‘public’ event?


Recently, Malwani Police rounded up 40 couples from hotel rooms in Madh Island and Aksa. The police made some of them call up their parents. Finally, they had to pay a fine of Rs. 1200, bear the limitless humiliation and were allowed to leave after 5 hours.

Women are raped in public buses. People take bribe in government institutions. Terrorists escape and child trafficking goes undiscovered. Putting all this aside, the police decided to reprimand couples for making love consensually and that too within four walls.

Over fifty men urinate in public areas and sometimes even on walls that broadly announce a fine for urinating but, the police doesn’t insult or take anybody to police station for urinating. They find it better to admonish couples for having intercourse within a room than controlling the former that is worse than such a “public indecency”.

A still from Fifty Shades of Grey

Welcome to India! This is a country that gave the world’s ancient sex compendium, Kama Sutra but banned the screening of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The entire nation held out candles and marched for Nirbhaya while our government chose to ban India’s Daughter, a documentary based on that horrific gang rape because it featured anti-women statements by one of the rapists. It is as if the government implies that rape is fine, but confabulating about anti-women issues is a big no-no!

While countries abroad are fighting for legalization of same-sex marriage, the Indian government is barring its people from even hearing the word “lesbian”. The Central Board of Film Certification asked the makers of Dum Laga Ke Haisha to mute the word “lesbian”. Good going!

A still from Dum Laga Ke Haisha
A still from Dum Laga Ke Haisha

The Mumbai raid was conducted under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner (Zone XI) Vikram Deshpande around 3 pm on Thursday. The couples were made to call their parents and were made to stay in the police station till 10 pm. One of the couples lambasted the police for they were engaged and were horrified at such an intrusion.

Our government ought to take truck loads of bed sheets and drape the Khajuraho temples to protect the public morality. After all, from erotic sculptures to sex positions, everything is well embellished in that temple.


Khajuraho Temple
Khajuraho Temple

While Kamlesh Vaswani caused the porn ban, a Delhi-based lawyer dragged to court for selling sex toys and accessories. Have these lawyers ever wondered that by banning such items, will people cease to have sex?

Gandhi ji ke 3 Bandar remain a well-etched memory for us. However, our government ought to amend it and rather say, Bura na dekho, bura na suno aur bura na karo.

Dear couples, in case you are married and are planning to go to a dinner, do carry your marriage certificate along with you. And couples who aren’t married, let’s observe a 2-minute silence for you. Ultimately, you can neither go to a park nor to a hotel room.

So what can be the prospective ban? Banana for its obscene shape?

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Iraq lifts ban on international flights to Kurdish airports

Haider al-Abadi issues a statement lifting ban of international flights on international airports. IANS
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  • Iraq lifts the ban on international flights to Kurdish airports
  • Prime minister, Haider al-Abadi issues a statement
  • He also talked about security o the airports

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday lifted a ban on international flights to two airports in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.

A statement by his office said Abadi signed a decree to lift the ban after receiving positive response from the Kurdish local authorities “to restore the federal authority in the two airports in accordance with the Constitution of Iraq”.

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Abadi made the announcement during his meeting with the officers of the regional Interior Ministry who were working at the two airports, Xinhua news agency cited the statement as saying.

He also said that a new security directorate will be established to protect the airports in the Kurdish region and it will be under command and control of the federal Interior Ministry.

All the regional airports and border crossings will be linked directly to the main control system in Baghdad, similar to what is done in the other Iraqi airports and crossing, the statement said.

He also talked about the security of airports.

The passports and national ID offices and the employees at the airports of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah will also be linked to the federal Interior Ministry, it added.

Tensions rose between Baghdad and the region of Kurdistan after the Kurds held a controversial referendum last September to approve the independence of the Kurdistan region and the disputed areas.

The Iraqi government later imposed the flights ban on the Kurdish region as part of a package of punitive measures that also included blocking all the border crossings outside the federal control.

The ban on international flights on the region’s international airports of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah forced passengers to apply for an Iraqi visa to transit through Baghdad and Basra international airports to go or leave the Kurdish region.

The independence of Kurdistan is opposed not only by the Iraqi central government, but also by other countries as it would threaten the territorial integrity of Iraq and undermine the fight against the terror group Islamic State.

Iraq’s neighbouring countries, especially Turkey, Iran and Syria, fear that the Iraqi Kurds’ pursuit of independence threatens their own territorial integrity by inspiring the Kurdish population in those countries to seek independence. IANS