In a move that will make couples around Mumbai happy, the Mumbai Police have now decided that they will no more use Section 110 (public indecency) of the Bombay Police Act, 1951, Mid Day reported.
The Bombay Police Act, has been a source of trouble for Mumbai couples for many years and has been was widely criticized.
The above mentioned Act and the issue of moral policing has been an source of trouble for Mumbai youth for many decades now, with many even being afraid to be seen at public places with their partner.
The most recent use of this law came up in August, when the police had rounded up 40-odd couples from hotels at Madh Island and Aksa and charged them for public indecency. However, a lot of people also supported the incidence as they believed it helped them battle against the “western culture.”
After the Mudh-Island incident, the police faced a lot of flack for their act and had to admit they were “wrong” for detaining the couples.
In a high-level meeting last week, top cops decided to get rid of the problem altogether. Although the police cannot amend laws, they have passed strict instructions that Section 110 not be used under any circumstances, with Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) Deven Bharti passing an order on it.
In addition to scrapping Section 110, JCP Bharti also forbidden the Mumbai Police to take action under Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
Section 151 allows an officer to arrest a citizen without a warrant or a Magistrate’s order while Section 110 states:
Behaving indecently in public: No person shall willfully and indecently expose his person ill any street or public place or within sight of, and in such manner as to be seen from any street or public place, whether from within any house or building or not, or use indecent language or behave indecently or riotously, or in a disorderly manner in a street or place of public resort or in any office station or station house.