After cow vigilantes, now moral policing is back in news, that too in Mumbai. An incident took place in Dombivali where vigilantes, posing as cops, approached college students and asked the boys to stand in a queue, for roaming with girls.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the incident took place outside Xperia Mall in Palava where about four to five members of a self-styled moral brigade accosted a group of college boys and girls. The vigilantes asked the boys to stand in a queue while the girls were made to sit beside them. They then asked the boys to identify themselves and wrote their names and mobile numbers on a piece of paper. The vigilantes threatened the boys of dire consequences if they were found with girls in the area again. They also threatened to inform their parents about their ‘activities’.
After the video went viral, Thane police registered an offence against the accused and have arrested three of them– Yogesh Patil, Shrikhant Shinde and Shailesh Kurle. A social worker from Mumbra, Rehan Qureshi, whose neighbour was one of the victims, posted a complaint on Thane police twitter account.
The police then registered an FIR against vigilantes for wrongful restraint, assault or use of criminal force, criminal intimidation, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace and acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention.
Gajanan Kadbule, senior police inspector of Manpada police station told Mumbai Mirror, “We have become the complainant in the case and lodged a complaint. The accused told us that the boys bunked college and were indulging in obscene acts in the mall.”