Stop marches and policing. New laws and dialogue are the answer
Topic of the week: Youngsters are planning to march today, to protest against the crackdown on Mumbai’s nightlife led by ACP Vasant Dhoble. Will you join in? What is your stand on the issue?mumbai Updated: Jun 24, 2012 00:30 IST
The Indian police act like moral policing is their birthright. Now, I have heard a lot about ACP Vasant Dhoble’s honesty; even the Mumbai police commissioner vouches for his integrity. But nobody is doubting his honesty and integrity, even though he has been accused of criminal activities in the past.
Our objection is to his terrorising a certain class of people in the name of law and order.
As a peace-loving citizen, I would love to lend my support to an honest policeman fighting to stop criminal activity.
But Dhoble is indiscriminately victimising Mumbaiites who are out late to party or simply to enjoy dinner and a drink after work. If pubs and restaurants are not following legal formalities, then the owners should certainly be penalised. But it is unfair to detain customers.
The city’s youngsters are rightfully protesting against this irritating interference in their private lives and I am with them.
— Sumita Ghosh
It all boils down to the pubs and their owners
Youngsters have the right to enjoy their nightlife. That’s why the law allows the establishment of bars and discos.
But the law also mandates that such revelry must not interfere with others’ rights to personal peace. So it sets certain limits on bar owners and their customers in terms of licences, capacity and operating hours. Normally, no one would find fault with this equitable arrangement. But problems arise when the owners of these bars and pubs disobey the law.
ACP Dhoble, in his enthusiasm, has not only disturbed the earlier cosy environment of bars but has also antagonised the powerful bar owners by refusing to yield to their tempting offers.
In such a scenario, it is difficult to assess whether the youth agitation is inspired by their own inconvenience or encouraged by vested interests.
— YG Chouksey
Youngsters need more discipline in their lives
The proposed protest march against the crackdown on Mumbai’s nightlife is totally uncalled for.
I would not participate in a march that allows youngsters complete freedom to do whatever they feel like, all in the name of enjoying their night life or so-called civil liberties.
Today, smartphones and addiction to social networking sites have taken a heavy toll on youngsters. There are more fruitful things to do in life than drink and party till the wee hours.
Perhaps a good night’s sleep would do these youngsters more good.
— Calicut Krishnan Subramaniam
There’s more to life than partying all night
There is no denying the fact that many youngsters are smoking, drinking and using recreational drugs. Many also lead licentious lives. Anything in excess is harmful and that is true here.
Today’s youngsters spend too much time messaging each other on their smartphones and browsing through their profiles on multiple social networking websites.
Most times, they are out partying until way past midnight. On returning home, they are hooked to their phones till early morning. Erratic sleep hours eventually take a toll on their health.
As a responsible citizen, I will not take part in Sunday’s march or in any such futile exercise, and I will not allow my children to participate. I don’t think this issue warrants an agitation. However, both citizens and the government need to come up with a satisfactory solution in a prudent manner.
— Jayanthy S Manaiam
Stop this Taliban-style moral policing
There have been several raids on restaurants, pubs, bars and private parties in the city lately.
In a recent crackdown, two women were picked up on charges of prostitution at what they say was a birthday party at a restaurant in Andheri.
The police have been randomly invoking one archaic law after another — the shops and establishments act (1948), the Bombay Police Act (1951), the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.
With the changing times, such archaic laws strike at the heart of India’s financial capital and the revenue that comes from its throbbing nightlife. And such archaic and arbitrary police action justifiably enrages Mumbaiites.
This Taliban style of policing will affect the city’s economy. It’s best to amend and upgrade laws to keep in tune with the times.
— Bhagwan Thadani
First Published: Jun 24, 2012 00:29 IST