Mumbai: Couples picked up from hotel rooms, charged with 'public indecency'

Not happy with just rounding up 40-odd couples from hotels in Madh Island and Aksa, the Malwani police even made some of them call up their parents;  they were finally allowed to go after 5 hours, Rs 1,200 fine and unlimited humiliation

The Malwani police, several of whose officers were suspended for allowing a spurious liquor racket to flourish in their jurisdiction, which led to the deaths of more than 100 people in the hooch tragedy last month, seem to have declared war on an easy target: sex.

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No city for lovers: Malwani police, under the supervision of DCP Vikram Deshpande, conducted the raid around 3 pm on Thursday in several lodges and two-star hotels in the vicinity of Madh Island and Aksa

Consenting adults who had checked into various hotels in the Madh Island and Aksa area to get some privacy were shocked to find the police knocking on the doors of their rooms on Thursday. More than 40 couples were rounded up and taken to the police station, where they were insulted and some of them, especially college students, were made to call their parents.

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Schooled: Some of the people who were caught in the raid. They said they were insulted and some of them, especially college students, were asked to call their parents

They were then charged with ‘indecent behaviour in public’, even though they were in private hotel rooms when they were ‘caught’, and fined Rs 1,200 before being let off nearly five hours later.

Traumatised by the incident, a 19-year-old girl told mid-day that she is contemplating committing suicide because of the stigma and because her parents aren’t talking to her anymore. Another 21-year-old girl, who had gone to a hotel with her fiancé, whom she is supposed to marry next month, says she was slapped by a female constable for daring to protest against the action.

According to officials, a team from the Malwani police, under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner (Zone XI) Vikram Deshpande, conducted the raid around 3 pm on Thursday in several lodges, resorts and two-star hotels in the vicinity of Madh Island and Aksa.

They said officials knocked on the doors of rooms and rounded up nearly 40 couples and took them to the police station. A youngster (name withheld) caught in the raid said, “The police first insulted all of us in front of all the officers and the other couples and then forced us to call our parents and insulted and disgraced us in front of them. They also made the parents feel guilty as if their children had committed some heinous crime.” He added that they were taken to the police station around 5 pm and many of them were allowed to go only by 10 pm.

“I am literally contemplating ending my life because of the trauma and the stigma from the raid. I haven’t been able to step out of the house and my parents have also not spoken a single word to me since this morning,” a 19-year-old girl told mid-day yesterday.

Another 21-year-old woman was slapped by a female police constable when she refused to pay the fine. “I am not a prostitute. I am an adult who was out with my fiancé, who I am supposed to marry next month, to find some privacy. I had entered my name in the hotel register with my identity proof and also handed over the relevant documents when asked by the cops. But, when I tried to tell a female constable all of this, she slapped me,” said the girl.

“Do we have freedom as citizens of India? How can you fine and demean us and intrude into our privacy. If you want to take legal action, fine the hotels or lodges if any of them allow immoral activities like prostitution to go on in their premises. Making love to the person of my choice in a private room doesn’t amount to indecent behaviour in public. You can’t just harass us because a DCP orders a raid,” she added.

When contacted, DCP Vikram Deshpande asked mid-day to call the police in-charge of Malwani Police station and hung up. Senior Inspector Milind Khetale confirmed the raid and said that the couples were fined under Section 110 (Indecent behaviour in public) of the Bombay Police Act and three cases were also registered under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.

Ignore chain snatchers, harass couples

A police official admitted to mid-day that while the entire Malwani police force was busy tackling the ‘crime’ and noting the couples’ details and fining them, a chain snatcher took advantage of the situation and snatched a woman’s necklace after putting a knife on her throat bang opposite the police station. An FIR was registered in this case after the couples were let go in the night.



  • PulisKi MaKiAakh09-Aug-2015

    What is their definition of indecency?! Above the age of 18 yrs are not minors. Doing anything within the confines of a hotel room without indulging in drugs or prostitution, without playing loud music is none of their business. Politician aur unnke bacho ko nai pakadte...pichwade mei dum nai hai. All these cops should be sent to Syria

  • Abhayankar11-Aug-2015

    That means, staying in a room with the wife in a hotel is public indecency.Then what all these 40 couples doing and what the Hotel Management doing.Is it not the responsibility of the Hotel Management to interfere and deal the matter legally.Rs 1200x40=48000, where the money would go!!!Slowly we are being dictated from all corners.The police at all places are behaving as the rulers of India.Worst of worst, questioning Police is recorded an offence against Government official.

  • vinali more08-Aug-2015

    it seems mumbai police has find new way of earning... what was the reason behind the raid was there going to be some kind of terror attack, smuggling or something else...

  • AC08-Aug-2015

    Just one word describes the attitude of police - "DISGUSTING" How come senior officers are not accountable for the action of their juniors. In any organisation specially a uniformed force which is armed with guns

  • Ninad Khapekar08-Aug-2015

    Mumbai Police should focus on protecting the city and not on invading the privacy of couples but oh no, they feel couples sharing a hotel room(which is legal)is detrimental to the law and order of the city! And we have to run by what they think is right and not the legal system. It makes me feel like I'm at fault for having been born in a country where the police thinks it is upon them to teach me my morals and humiliate me publicly should I fail to follow them.Can't blame people moving out.

  • Srikant08-Aug-2015

    I don't see anything wrong done by the police here. If you were making love with your fiance or your boy friend, then do it in his or your house. The fact that you are doing at hotels or guest house means your parents are not about it, which in turn means you have done something wrong and you are aware of it.

  • MK08-Aug-2015

    Day by day , India is turning itself into a banana republic . The folks supporting the police in this instance should be ashamed of themselves because education is wasted on them. Valuable police time and resources are being wasted on such public stunts.What is illegal in two consenting adults having a physical relationship at a hotel or guest house as long as they are keeping it private ?We are going backwards in terms of liberal values , utter shame.

  • Mat09-Aug-2015

    It is time that people react and let the authorities know that this is a democratic country and we are ruled by people whom we have elected. They cannot go on testing the patience of ordinary citizens.

  • Vijay09-Aug-2015

    Lol, get away with rape in public and get caught for making love in private - excellent!!!

  • Mohd Irfan08-Aug-2015

    These is regular business this kind of raid is first of it's kind ,100 of guest house are there in that locality available on per hour basis.there should be strict action on these guest houses which are illegally ran there.

  • Ganapathy Iyer08-Aug-2015

    This is Mumbai. very Taliban style approach ...shame on the local authorities.. hafta hafta hafta...I live and work in a muslim country in the middle east.. there is more freedom to do anything behind closed doors..i.e in motels guest houses..

  • Rajeev Dhar08-Aug-2015

    Well said Vinali. This is a violation of a fundamental right of a citizen. The police cannot enforce their own narrow view of morality. Consenting adults cannot be punished for consensual sex, whether it is in guest house or hotel or any other room. We are a democracy and not an Islamic republic. The people who were pulled up should take this matter to court and teach these cops a lesson.

  • Rimit Singh08-Aug-2015

    In Public? Are these policemen in their senses?

  • Rayeesa08-Aug-2015

    Sorry, not sorry but law and order officials of this kind do not deserve respect and will never be respected if these are the shenanigans they resort to. As a parent, I would've filed a complaint against these lunatics for harassing adults in their public space which is what should have ideally been done.

  • San08-Aug-2015

    Most of these hotels are places for MINORS to indulge in sexual activities. Its unfortunate the journalist hasnt covered that part of the story. The police is right to some extent

  • Footloose08-Aug-2015

    What about places in maxim and craft road and charmi road juice centers as they call it .....have a juice for an hour and do your tricks


    The entire police force of India still don't believe that they are serving the free nation. The police force themselves have scant regards for the constitution of India and consequently the law of land. Its the duty of the seniors to give the satisfactory explanation related to the action taken by their juniors. They MUST come out with their definition of 'Public places'.

  • Ecs08-Aug-2015

    Wow, just wow.

  • Kalyan08-Aug-2015

    If they aren't doing anything wrong, what is there to feel traumatized about? Also, how is prostitution immoral? It can be illegal in India but immoral? How can they say that?

  • ISMAIL K PERINJE08-Aug-2015

    As in the report, if female guest provided relevance document before CHECK IN,how could on the earth to stop to have some privacy with engaged? Is it Afgan?or other such states?Is it crime?As said by Mr Bhat we deserve because we elected them...

  • Deepak H08-Aug-2015

    RSS Talibanisation going on. Achche din. Feku would continue to remain mum on issues like this.

  • gopinath08-Aug-2015

    Take the cops to court instead of whining about it in the media and threatening suicide. If what's holding them back is publicity, they already have had it, in aces. So if they want justice of sorts go to the court. By the way, you don't threaten suicide, you commit it.

  • raj11-Aug-2015

    not even married couples , mostly in many beaches beyond 0700pm ,its very sad to see even school goer are seen in pairs.this act of few may disturb the discipline/culture of other students.its normal to have friendship ,even love at college premises level ,but not to hotel rooms ? getting trapped at remote places are due to these kind of adventure are seen recently!! police can easily say , they are searching for criminals/anti social elements ,by abusing any one!!

  • Dipyaman Ghosh08-Aug-2015

    wow, a New low for Mumbai Police .. shame on MP.

  • AK15-Aug-2015

    Outlook is what needs to be changed..When do we say India is progressing?

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  • Beejay08-Aug-2015

    Good think done by the Mumbai police. These people were engaged in indecent behavior and should be punished.

  • Rajeev08-Aug-2015

    Maharashtra is having Law that an unmarried couple can live together(Liv-In Relationship is legal)

  • crossmind09-Aug-2015

    19-year-old..?? way too young to do such kind of love-making...she needs education and must be taught to behave well and live within limits, not like doing sex whenever she wants...But 21-year-old with fiance, well that's too much by interference police...after all they are going to marry, so why interfere their privacy...By the way, this action is detrimental..

  • Mrar09-Aug-2015

    Mumbai Police, here's a thought for you. Crack down on terror and illegal rackets ON TIME first. Then we can worry about Moral Policing. Lately its only been moral policing everywhere. I would like to trust my city's police force to protect my safety and hold up my rights, not worry about my or other peoples personal lifestyles.

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  • pereira09-Aug-2015

    It is no secret that he Police are hand I glove with the politicians. In the first place the rulingparty is full of goonsAre most of their leader married? Do we not hear of even how our PM got the woman he had harassed withdraw her compliant? What about the God man who raped several women? How many know that at Kalina one of the sons of ruling parties runs a brothel?Let our judiciary come to the rescue of law abiding citizens.

  • Millu09-Aug-2015

    If being in the privacy of a hotel room is public indecency, then ever couple in the country should be arrested for sleeping on their beds in their home as well. There is a reason its called "PUBLIC INDECENCY" and Mumbai police need to go back to school to understand the meaning of PUBLIC

  • Nadeem09-Aug-2015

    Just barking here like dogs aint going to do anything . action should be taken against the police

  • vinali more08-Aug-2015

    mumbai police please dont misuse your power... us it for good cause.. mumbai will be better place to survive.. stop haressing innocents... work on crime and terrorism rather wasting your time on something what u should not do... where will couples go for thier privacy... they were not in public.. many cases r pending in police files please sout that out... let someone get justice...

  • Rao16-Aug-2015

    This shows the foolishness of the Mumbai Police. When serious crimes are happening in the city, they are concentrating on such petty issue/s....of-course they could have asked the couple at the hotel itself and closed the topic(and let off consenting adults)and why they should take to the Police station - Unless these people have committed some other associated Crime/s?

  • paul09-Aug-2015

    We do not know the whole story.The story above is very anti-police.So do your own research people.I know the police of this nation are very notorious ,But our fellow citizens here might have crossed a line at some point to gain some ones attention.

  • Prakash08-Aug-2015

    This country has become a banana republic. What a load of nonsense, this action is.

  • PB08-Aug-2015

    Why not raid the 5 stars where the real muck is !

  • Girish08-Aug-2015

    This is utter nonsense.How can they charge a case of Public Indecency when they are in a private room. And what business has the police to do if two consenting adults want to have sex. This shouldn't be let off like this. Just today in your paper only I read a news of an absonding wanted Titwala builder taking part in a function of Shiv Sena. Why didn't the police catch him ?Mumbai Police please stop your moral policing. They were not doing anything on the road, they were in a room.

  • PlugInCaroo08-Aug-2015

    Lets assume all the people there were with their fiancees... how are the Police to prove otherwise???!!!???...Bloody hell...This is like TALIBAN...

  • pereira09-Aug-2015

    Of course we are aping Pakistan and coming to think of it we pride ourselves of being champions of human rights etc

  • shikha09-Aug-2015

    Now i will call cops up when ppl defecate and fart and urinate in public because for me thats an public indecency

  • S08-Aug-2015

    continuation of the BJP's extremist agenda

  • Shri09-Aug-2015

    This country is getting regressive day by day, whereas it should have been going liberal. People who say consentual sex in hotel rooms is wrong and against Indian culture, do you even know what true Indian culture is, or was? We Indians used to be more liberal two thousand years ago. Now we are just a reflection of Taliban like extremist factions. Quite frustrating.

  • ravi12-Aug-2015

    Who the hell is Mumbai police to stop two consenting adults having sex in private. Are there fundamental rights violated here?

  • Raj10-Aug-2015

    PM Modi! Are you doing anything about this? Do India have any law and order? I do not see there was any law followed by cops, please suggests!!! What public should do in such cases?

  • Harry10-Aug-2015

    The police has gone too far this time. It is high time someone puts a check on such activities of the police. Instead of cribbing on soical media, we should do something substantial and actually file a petition against these goons posing as police. Those involved in this so called raid should be immediately suspended. the cop who slapped the girl should be fired, for misusing her position. We should not let these things go unchecked, this is a slippery slope

  • jcrosse08-Aug-2015

    This is pure harassment and trampling of our rights. We were in private rooms and not in the DCP bedroom with his wife and daughter.

  • jcrosse08-Aug-2015

    Raise your voices against such highhandedness. Go to Vikram Deshpandes house tomorrow and aske to use his bedroom.

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