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?

08-raidRecently, 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?