Mumbai. After winning plaudits for the highly successful hotel raids in the Madh Island and Aksa area on Thursday, which resulted in the detention of over 40 couples, Mumbai police marched on in its fight against ‘public indecency’ by catching more couples with their pants down in the Malad West region late Saturday night.
Much like Thursday’s arrests, the couples involved composed largely of college students and young professionals putting on a disgusting show for onlookers by having consensual sex inside locked hotel rooms.
Such forfeiture of basic traditional values, which we as citizens of India have proudly upheld in the face of all lustful urges, brings great infamy to the 68-year history of this free nation.
People of Mumbai, who have long called for the city’s police force to shift its focus from nabbing eve-teasers and rapists to more pressing issues such as this, have been full of praise for their heroes.
“I’m telling you, we’ll be going back to colonial times if such disgraceful behavior is allowed to flourish”, Vinay Pontekar, a recently divorced 52-year old businessman who has probably never read up on colonial times, tells us while waiting in the lobby of one of the hotels that was raided. “It is filth. Pure and utter filth. How could anybody defend them is beyond.” Before he can comment any further, we are interrupted by a young woman in business attire, who accepts a brown parcel from Mr. Pontekar as the two head for the stairs. He must be a very busy man.
Megha Subyodi, a 39-year old maths teacher and mother of two, was similarly distraught. “This is exactly the response that was needed. We need to let these young people know that sex before marriage is absolutely not permitted. I and my husband have been happily married for 15 years. Back in our time, such incidents were unheard of.” As she picks up her two sons at the end of school, one currently studying in seventh grade and the other in twelfth, something doesn’t seem to add up, but this reporter has always been poor at maths, making it difficult to pinpoint the source of confusion.
Meanwhile, another twelfth-grade student, Prakash Pitari, also echoed his teacher’s views, “It is very hurtful. One of the girls caught was my classmate Ravika (name changed), who only turned 18 last week. I’m struggling to believe that she could do such a thing. I thought she was a nice girl.” As Prakash turns to leave, a piece of paper falls from his bag. I run after him to return it but I’m unable to catch up since I don’t know how to run.
Confused, I open the crumpled note and find it’s a letter from Ravika dated last week, rejecting Prakash’s offer to meet up at Hotel Decent Palace and help him with an “assignment”.
Such hypocrisy from someone so young is difficult to digest. What a stupid girl. If she had just gone and helped Prakash with the assignment instead of spending the weekend with some opportunistic playboy, she would’ve escaped all this humiliation. It hurts this reporter to think that Prakash had to sit all night and finish his assignment alone. With the poor signal strength on broadbands, we all know how much of a pain it can be to find and load the right resources to complete such work.
All we can hope for now is that Ravika learns her lesson from this ordeal. As it stands, she and all the other men and women who were saved by the Mumbai police from committing a great sin should serve as a long-overdue reminder to the rest of the country:
You may do it outside the house, but only if you have read your vows.