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Youngsters attack police action on FB

"Can Mumbai police publish a list of 'decent dancing steps' or tips on 'How you should behave when you are among friends'? If they cannot, they should apologise for what they did to our friends at Oro," said a furious Ankur Srivastava, a member of the 'Stop Moral Policing in Mumbai' community on Facebook.

mumbai Updated: Jul 06, 2011 00:49 IST
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"Can Mumbai police publish a list of 'decent dancing steps' or tips on 'How you should behave when you are among friends'? If they cannot, they should apologise for what they did to our friends at Oro," said a furious Ankur Srivastava, a member of the 'Stop Moral Policing in Mumbai' community on Facebook.

The community, which was started by DJ Jenny who was deejaying on Sunday when the raid took place at the Oro lounge and kitchen in Malad and was also booked by the police, is gaining popularity as more and more youngsters join it and express their disgust at the police action.

The police raided Oro lounge in the wee hours of Sunday and booked and fined at least 31 youngsters who were dancing there for what they called 'indecent behaviour'.

The action has raised hackles, and 145 people have already joined the community on the social networking site within 24 hours of it being created.

"Is there no way the people affected by this police action take legal action against the police?" asked Karthik Yermunja. A post by Donald Noronha said: "Move over Ram Sene... Mumbai police is here..."

"I don't know why cops are after innocent people. Every time you go out past midnight they will stop you and start questioning. Why are they against people partying? They should rather concentrate on terrorists, safety of children, women," posted Vivek Kulkarni.

Others shared what they called similar experiences. A comment by Debayan Pal read: "I have faced moral policing too many times in Mumbai. The last time they caught me was after India won the World Cup, I was returning home around 4 am. The police stopped me and started questioning: Why so late? Why drunk? I just said them: I don't have a single rupee; they abused me and let me go."