In India, consenting adults having sex in their hotel rooms away from prying eyes is a crime. Or so it seems after Mumbai Police raided a hotel, dragged out 40 couples, arrested them and took them to police station and charged them with indecent behaviour in public.
A country that recently tried to ban porn has touched yet another low with the recent police action against the 40 couples whose only crime was that they dared to have sex behind closed doors without being married to each other. Actor Abhay Deol was justifiably enraged at the police action and took to Facebook to share his anger.
The Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara star wrote, "Even I am baffled by our society's obsession with sex." He further said, "I enjoy it, I crave it, I pursue it. I don't hide the fact. I feel a tinge of shame admitting it. It always takes a moment for the logical part of my brain to put the shame aside, and I see reason."
"I have come to believe my sense of shame comes from my upbringing. I was brought up by the same values as any other from my country, which may come as a surprise to those who think people born into the film industry are brought up with a different set of values (usually loose and privileged). So I get it. The taboo that comes with the topic of sex in my society," adds Deol.
The police took couples to the nearby police station, where they said they were insulted while some were even made to call their parent. They were also himilated by the cops.
He goes on to condemn the police's action, "But booking young kids for a crime they didn't commit, physically and mentally abusing them publicly? To me it looks more like it was the police that was guilty of 'public indecency'. All this because they were young adults having sex. How liberated can you be!? They must be punished. By any law out there."
"Many believe moral policing is a way to get rid of 'western influences', like liberal views on sex (it always starts with those) within our society. That there are outdated British laws from the Victorian age on sex and sexuality still in effect in India today, is lost on those constantly claiming that liberal views on sex (such as premarital sex) come from Western countries, and conservative views come from India," writes Abhay.
Abhay Deol goes on to explain about the purpose of his post, "This started off as a topic on sex. SEX IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE ASHAMED OF WHY IS IT SO HARD FOR SOME PEOPLE TO DIGEST THAT?"
You can read his entire post here.
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