The rave party that got busted in Mumbai on Sunday, has put the role of social networking sites under scanner. The party, coordinated and publicised by event management company, Beyond Logic, on Facebook was raided by cops who detained over 300 under-aged guests for alleged drug abuse. Those caught included filmstar Vinod Khanna’s son Sakshi who had reportedly not informed his family that he was going to attend a party.
“Organisers are now frequently using social networking sites to advertise such illegal parties to garner maximum attendees,” says a Mumbai cop on condition of anonymity. Psychologists concur that the popularity of online forums has made it easier to attract young people to such events. “Facebook is a fairly easy medium to promote such events anonymously. Using code words to hide the nature of the event is common and parents need to be alert to what events their kids are attending,” says Dr Rahul Chandhok.
Meanwhile, rave parties have found a surprise support from Bollywood. “Been to many raves growing up. Even when below 25. They were fantastic! Nothing happens there that can’t happen someplace else,” tweeted filmmaker Farhan Akhtar.