A few days back, Mumbai police raided a hotel in Madh Island where 13 couples and 35 people were rounded up for indecent behaviour in public. This act received a lot of flak by the public and the impact of the social media outrage over the incident was so strong, even Mumbai Police chief Rakesh Maria had to get involved. Mr. Maria has directed a probe and admitted that detaining these couples was wrong. Angered by this overzealous moral policing, a parent of one of the kids has written a kickass open letter. Here are the 5 most important things the author wrote –
Dear Mumbai Police,
I hope this letter finds you in the pink of health. Hopefully, I’m not disturbing you at the moment. I’m sure there are many more hotels and pubs and parks to raid in this country but I promise this won’t take time. I know it’s solely because of you that we sleep peacefully every night at our homes. And if it weren’t for you, my daughter would have probably been pregnant by now. So firstly, Thank You so much for being around to take care of my kids who are really going out of hand these days. Thank you for slapping them when they have really crossed all limits. I mean come on — look at them. From pubs and parks, they have taken to hotel rooms now. That too, shamelessly — after giving their identity proofs and money. They should at least have the shame to produce fake IDs in front of the hotel receptionist.
You know what, you’re right. You were absolutely right in slapping a girl for performing a gruesome crime called ‘sex’ behind closed doors. Look at our country — People are dead in a train accident. People are dying in floods. Infiltrators have shot dead two BSF jawans. Kashmir is on the boil. The economy is sluggish. FDI isn’t happening. The Chinese are investing in Pakistan and Russians are gifting them attack helicopters. All this is happening and nobody cares. But my daughter, with so much hate in this world, should shut doors to perform an act of love. You’re right, she should be slapped.
Rape, you perform. Bribe, you take. Terrorists, you miss. Sex rackets you can’t find. But my daughter should hide her face for having consensual sex. She should be slapped. Why?
So let me explain to you the meaning of ‘public indecency’ dear saints — it is an inappropriate act performed in PUBLIC spaces. For example, when you ask for a bribe shamelessly in public or when you paint the walls with urine each and every day of your life — that is public indecency.
I gave my daughter the permission to live life on her terms, then who the f*ck are you to humiliate her for the most decent act in the world. You may be animals raping girls left, right and centre, my daughter will make love. With her consent. Consent, a word you’ll never understand the meaning of — I taught her well. I have also given her consent to run over you if you ever try to stop her alone at an ‘indecent’ hour at night because that’s how much I trust you.
You can read the entire letter here.