Cops earned money, but lost our respect

Says the man who was humiliated by police and charged for indulging in indecent behaviour in public during raids at Madh and Marve hotels on Thursday evening .

Mumbai : The police raids at hotels in Madh and Marve on Thursday evening have caused great trauma to those who were booked for indecent behaviour in public, while they were spending some quality time with their consenting partners in the privacy of a closed room. Haunted by the memories of the way they were humiliated by the police, some of those are embarrassed to even step out in public.

Sharing their ordeal with Free Press Journal, a 28-year-old youth, who visited Mantra hotel on that fateful day, said that he feels mortified to even go anywhere now. “I hardly step out of my house. And even if I do, I cover my face so that the cops or anybody who has witnessed the raid and has seen me at the hotel doesn’t recognize me.”

The police have no right to insult people who are in a legal relationship and are spending some time together in a hotel room, she said, adding that, “We were treated as if we were criminals. The police wronged by imposing a fine on us for acting indecently in public, where us they picked us from hotel rooms.”

Demanding strict action against the police officers who were present during the raid, he said, “Though the police department earned some money by making us pay the fine, it lost our respect,” he said. Just because they are cops, they simply can’t intrude anybody’s privacy and humiliate them.

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