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Police stop 'gay' party in Mumbai, participants fined

Mumbai police stopped a 'gay' party that was being held in a bungalow of suburban Versova on Saturday night, in which at least 130 guests, including Bollywood actor Bobby Darling, took part.

mumbai Updated: Sep 19, 2011 01:10 IST
Hindustan Times

Mumbai police stopped a 'gay' party that was being held in a bungalow of suburban Versova on Saturday night, in which at least 130 guests, including Bollywood actor Bobby Darling, took part.

Police have also imposed a fine of Rs 1,200 on each participant for the alleged indecent behaviour.

The police action came following complaints of loud music being played around 1 am at the suburban Versova's Spanish Villa bungalow, where the party was being held. The bungalow is usually rented for film shootings, police said.

"When our teams reached the spot, the guests, who are males, were found behaving indecently, following which, they were brought to the police station and fined Rs 1,200 each under section 110 of the Bombay Police Act," DK Rupwate, senior inspector at Oshiwara police station, told PTI.

He added that they were later allowed to go.

The same amount of fine was collected from two organisers of the party for organising the party and serving liquor without prior permission, police said.

"I was invited to the party by one of my gay friends saying it is his birthday party. I went there as a celebrity guest for the party, for which, I charged him. I did not know it was a gay party," Bobby Darling told PTI.

"Later, I learnt that the permission for the party was not taken. And I did not behave indecently...I went to police station after the request of the cops and signed on the papers when they asked me to do so. I did not pay any fine but the party organisers must have paid the fine on my behalf," Bobby said.

According to police sources, the tickets costing Rs 450 each were sold online and text messages were sent for the "gay" party.

Police sources said that when the party was stopped, the guests expressed anger saying that the police action came as it was a gay gathering.

‘Why is it indecent for two men to dance together?’

Ashok Row Kavi, Gay rights activist

The police should be dragged to court for intruding into a private party and terming the attendees’ actions indecent. What exactly does the police mean by indecent behaviour? They have abused this term for too long, to target people. It is time they define it in black and white.

How can two men dancing together be termed indecent? The same police have not been able to get a single lead in any of the major terror strikes.

They have been caught dancing with gangsters at parties and some of them are involved in crimes, including rapes.

And now they want to go around preaching morality and prying into the lives of innocent people.

The police should first get their act together and concentrate on ensuring that serious crimes are addressed as a matter of priority.

They should stop targeting helpless people such as bar dancers and gays.

There have been several instances in the past wherein after conducting such raids, the police go to the houses of those booked for ‘indecency’ and blackmail their family into giving them money so that the sexual preferences of their children are not made public. As told to Mohamed Thaver

‘We are just following the law’

Interview | Pratap Digavkar, Deputy commissioner of police (zone 9)

On what charges have the 133 people who attended the party been detained?
They have been booked under sections 110 and 112 of the Bombay Police Act, which pertains to indecent behaviour.

What do you mean by indecent behaviour?
They were behaving in a manner deemed to be indecent under the relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act.

Isn’t this moral policing?

We are just following the law.

First Published: Sep 18, 2011 19:20 IST