Flash mob silenced by police

Jul 29, 2012, 09:09 IST | Milana Rao

Approximately 150 city students turned up at Girgaum Chowpatty beach to perform a flash mob for a cause, only to be stopped by the police

Enthusiastic city students, out to spread an anti-female infanticide message, were stopped by the police at Girgaum Chowpatty. About 150 students, mostly from Wilson College, gathered at the beach for a flash mob. Unfortunately they hadn’t sought prior permission from the police, who refused to let the students perform.

Students of Wilson College, Chowpatty organised a flashmob to spread awareness about female infanticide. Pic/Bipin Kokate 

The flash mob was planned, organised and coordinated by third-year BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies) students from Wilson College as part of their college festival, Adoria. They intended to create awareness about the issue of female infanticide. The flash mob received participants from about ten colleges and four schools from across Mumbai. Their dance was named ‘Dance for a Life’.

“We intended to spread the message across to a large number of people,” says Aviral Avasthi, student of BMS and coordinator of the flash mob.

However, as soon as the students arrived at the beach the police present there refused to let them carry their stereo system inside. “Any function or programme at the beach requires prior permission from the High court. Chowpatty beach is open for selective functions like the Ganesh festival and Janmashtami,” said Ajit Surve, Senior Police Inspector.

After a discussion with the Wilson faculty, the police allowed the students to carry on with their dance but did not allow them to play music. Thus the students had to perform to the rhythm of claps. “We tried to get the permission from the High court but were unsuccessful. So we decided to perform anyway,” said Professor Dr Zuleika Homavazir, Head of the BMS department. The flash mob lasted four minutes and ten seconds. Actress Nagma made a special appearance too. The donations collected will be donated to Bal Bhavan, an NGO in Andheri. 

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