In a flip-flop, police today said they will crack down on couples found meeting in isolated places in Mumbai but soon amended their decision after it evoked sharp criticism.
On January 14, police had sent a circular to all police stations directing them to take action against couples who meet at secluded places, a move which they said was aimed at preventing them from becoming victims of miscreants.
As per the ten-day-old advisory, the couples would be first asked to leave the isolated spot. In case they do not comply, action would be initiated against them under relevant sections of Bombay Police Act such as imposing penalty and detention, among the others.
Police faced criticism for the "moral circular" soon after Mumbai Police spokesperson Ambadas Pote informed the media about the January 14 advisory.
Police got into damage control exercise and quickly amended the circular, asking its personnel to step up vigil at lonely spots in the metropolis.
"The cops will not ask the couples to leave such places. Instead, patrolling will be increased at isolated spots. The wordings in the circular have now been changed," Pote told
"The reason behind this move is that we do not want them (couples) to face the risk of becoming victim of miscreants. It is a preventive measure," he had said earlier in the day.
The move came in the wake of the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi last month.
Many couples are often found sitting at Mumbai's beach fronts and other isolated places.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Worli Sea Face, Marine Drive, Bandra Band Stand, Versova beach, Aksa beach, Dadar
Chowpatty, Madh Island, Gorai, Manori beach, Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu beach were among the spots identified by police for special vigil.
They should do it in public!
Instead of keeping an eye on the couples, why can't the police be instructed to keep an eye on the miscreants and nab them if needed? Such measures will not curb crime but will give the policemen an opportunity to harrass couples and make a quick buck on the side.
I recently saw an Indian Navy circular stating that the Oval and Azad Maidan in Mumbai have been placed Öut of Bounds" for naval personnel after 2100 hours because of the presence of a large number of anti-social elements. It appears that, after dark, the writ of the Mumbai Police doesn't extend to 1 km from Mantralaya - the seat of government.
Let alone couples in isolated places, even service personnel crossing the two largest open maidans in South Mumbai are unsafe.
Couples are very obstinate ..they will not listen to the cops !
""The reason behind this move is that we do not want them (couples) to face the risk of becoming victim of miscreants. It is a preventive measure," Mumbai Police spokesperson Ambadas Pote said today."
Weird the police, however, cannot ensure that miscreants don't victimize which would be the real preventive measure. As a society we always look for the easy solution - and most times the wrong one - punish the wrong folks rather than the miscreants.
In a city like Mumbai what would "couples" do. Public mein haath pakad key chalna hamari sabhyata key anukool hai, kiss lena tho fully na-na hai. mumbai key ek choote sey room mein tho zagah nahin hai. Turning Mumbai into a frustrated, loveless city.