Outrage has erupted in India after the arrest of dozens of couples at a number of hotels in Mumbai last week because they were allegedly unmarried.
Over 40 couples were dragged out of their hotel rooms and were reportedly taken to a nearby police station where they were held for several hours and some were even forced to call their parents.
Witnesses claim that the police knocked on the doors to the hotel rooms during the Thursday afternoon raid, and arrested all couples found to be unmarried.
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In spite of the fact that were lodged in private hotel rooms, the couples were charged with ‘indecent behaviour in public‘ and made to pay a fine of 1,200 rupees (£12).
A witness told Mid-Day.com:
The police first insulted all of us in front of all the officers and the other couples and then forced us to call our parents and insulted and disgraced us in front of them,”.They also made the parents feel guilty as if their children had committed some heinous crime.’
He also stated that they were taken to the police station around 05:00pm and many of them were allowed to go only by 10:00pm.
A number of angry Mumbai citizens took to Twitter to express their feelings, using the hashtag #MumbaiPolice.