Police raid and arrest 30 people at India gay party

Indian police arrest 30 gay party goers in Mumbai for dancing ‘indecently’

Police raid and arrest 30 people at India gay party
10 February 2013

Thirty people were arrested for alleged ‘indecent’ behavior following a raid at a gay party in Malad, a suburb of Mumbai, India.

According to a police officer who spoke with The Times India: ‘The raid was conducted in the wee hours today [10 January] and the accused were caught dancing indecently during the gay party.

‘Six eunuchs were also a part of it’.

It is likely that the term above refers to hijras, who in India’s culture are physiological males who have feminine gender identity, women’s clothing and other feminine gender roles and mostly live in the fringe of society.

The officer added: ‘Apart from those who participated in it, the organisers, DJs and stewards were also booked [arrested] in this case’.

The raid followed a tip-off received by the police that drugs were being sold and consumed on premises.
The police officer reported: ‘However, we did not find drugs during the raid’.

According to police, however, music was also being played during the party beyond the permitted time.

The accused have been arrested under Bombay Police Act, article 110, for behaving ‘indecently in public’.

Mumbai police have raided and arrested several private gay parties in the past using the Bombay Police Act from 1951.

Two years ago 133 people were arrested following a raid on a gay party in Mumbai for allegedly playing loud music without permission. 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

United Nation’s LGBT rights video goes viral

UN leaders tell gay and trans people they are not alone and promise to fight for their rights
No thumbnail available

Outspoken Filipina former beauty queen apologies to LGBT community

Former Miss Philippines Miriam Quiambao calls homosexuality a 'lie from the devil' on Twitter
No thumbnail available

Another Katter's Australian Party candidate accused of homophobia

Senate candidate Bernard Gaynor says 'as a Christian, the homosexual lifestyle is immoral'
No thumbnail available

LGBT visibility causing Indians to question straight friends’ relationships

India has always had a culture where heterosexuals have been very physical with their friends of the same-sex, but LGBT visibility is increasingly causing this affection to be questioned
No thumbnail available

Activist to sue Belize entry ban on gays

A gay Jamaican activist is suing the government of Belize over its entry ban against homosexuals
No thumbnail available

Gays are allowed in the cadets, Philippine military says

Openly gay boys and girls are welcome to apply for this year’s intake of cadets
No thumbnail available

Gareth Gates comes home for gay pride performance

The UK pop star returns to his home city to perform at Leeds Pride
No thumbnail available

Bulgaria urged to condemn gay pride stoning threat

Human Rights Watch call for Bulgarian government to denounce priest's calls to 'throw stones' and pride parade marchers
No thumbnail available

Craig Revel Horwood reveals online abuse after saying he might adopt a child

The celebrity dance judge says that he and his partner were trolled after saying that they would consider marriage if they were to adopt kids
No thumbnail available

Russian athletes: Calling our kiss a pro-gay protest is a ‘sick fantasy’

Female sprinters who kissed at the winner's podium call the media attention a 'fuss' that is 'not grounded in anything'