The High Court mid last week gave one of the most sensible judgements in a long time. Bombay HC acquitted all the customs officers who were caught with bar dancers for indulging n pornography. The judge further said that adult pornography when indulged in and recorded within one’s private four walls is NOT illegal, especially when it is consentual. vv important landmark judgement. For those freakin’ losers, over excited moral brigaders looming within our society and in police force. Who have become unncessary pains by intruding in people’s private worlds -homes or parties. Remember i wrote a piece on this on this very blog 2 years ago.
How such swooping down on people’s private party won’t hold good in courts of law. I gave the reasons too. Consential sex, porno, party among adults is NOT a crime. Yes, it often is the envy of the neighbour, but it can lead to many legal issues for those who are intruding forcibly and the envious ones. Quite deserving, if you ask me. if behind their four walls and behind the curtains any individual is indulging in different forms of sex that are not violating the concerned persons rights or any legal issue then so be it. Nobody has the right to disrupt it.
I still think what is more pertinent is how is that all the customs officers of that branch got officials leaves on the same day? Who passed those leaves? Why were they passed? Did the holiday mostly casual leave impact on the customs official work, functioning? If so then how? Who supervised the work? Who funded this party? who paid for the bar dancers? Where did the money come from? Were the funds as form of any cuts or bribes? Or were they simply money of the individual officers. What about the booze, who paid for the alcohol. From where was it acquired? Who solicited it? who brought the bar dancers? Were there any middle agents? were the agents connected to the underworld?
If the customs officers themselves have contacted bar dancers-wc in all likelihood is NOT the scenario- then what was the modus operandi? How regularly do they splurge their money? is the money spent in the dance bars bribes? any kick backs?
Now as a citizen, more so a reporter i am more interested in the above questions rather than who slept with whom. Who cares, each one needs to mind their own business. It is NOT who sleeps with whom that makes for the story. What’s important is how was it done? under what circumstances? Because if the underworld has certain consignments to be passed and that’s why they sponsored, then it is VERY important to investigate this matter on the lines stated. Now the police goofed yet again. In the courts snooping in on pvt sex can NEVER hold good. The cops can’t blame the courts and law for their lack of investigations.
If they weren’t customs officials, would we have even bothered with the Lonavala ‘orgy’?
Now we all have read in the newspapers about how the Pune police raided a private party in a bungalow in Lonavala. Now the fact that the partygoers were customs officials prompted the journalist to tip off the police. Two courier agents tipped off the journo…and so the vicious cycle turned.
The cynics are already claiming that the customs officials must have, at some point, done
something to the agents, and prompted this backlash. The gory details of the ‘orgy’ are all over the place. But why did these agents post bail for the officials and the ‘dancers’.
I object to our police becoming moral gatekeepers, or upholders as it is known, especially since the news is rife with corrupt policemen, some dabble in bigamy and others keep mistresses.
The first party bust-up was the rave party in Lonavala. There were many young BPO workers caught with drugs. I do NOT believe the police. Having covered the crime beat for over a decade I empathise with the police force, and have sympathy for their cause, but I strongly believe they can tamper, infiltrate, plant, etc. I am not insinuating that they did so in the Lonavala rave party case, but the way the police busted that party seemed ludicrous then and even in this case.
These are private lives. Who sleeps with whom, who goes for an orgy, is a private affair.
In the case of the customs officials, these were all adults. None of the girls claimed they were forced into any sexual act. It was mutual consent. All the customs officials and girls are above 18. Yet, the middle class believes they have the right to decide what sort of behaviour should be allowed, and what shouldn’t.
To make matters worse, the officials have been arrested for the most hilarious crime: Public nuisance (when did a private bungalow become public?) and obscenity. Who decides what’s obscene? Should Bollywood producers and directors also be arrested, for ‘item’ numbers?
Of course, one other allegation is that the officials possessed ‘blue’ films which they watched to the sounds of DJ music. I shudder to think how regressive we are becoming as a society. The worst part is that none of these allegations will hold in a court. The only thing that may make the judge sit up and take notice is that custom officials were involved.
When I was going to college in the 80s, the police rarely, if ever, raided college premises. As teenagers we had house parties every second day. A friend of mind and I would have drinks in the presence of parents, who were there to supervise us and ensure we girls were protected, and did nothing untoward.
We would have music on and would dance. The parents, uncles, and aunties all were part of it. Yes, some romances started at these parties and ended there. There was nothing immoral in these acts.
And what’s with our pre-occupation with ‘blue’ films? A friend of mine, would take me to a video parlour in a posh part of South Mumbai where I would witness housewives come asking for X-rated films, which would be then wrapped in newspaper and handed over to them. What’s so vulgar about that?
The main issue here is mutual consent, of which there, as of writing this, was. In fact, how many journalists, who frequent the city’s pubs and bars, are in possession of a liquor permit? No stings about that. But being a journalist myself I have a few questions regarding this case: Who booked the bungalow? Who posted the bail? Why? How did over 20 officials get time off at the same time? Who sanctioned their leave? How did they procure the girls? Where did the funds come from?
Now these are the issues I would like to know the answers to, not who slept with whom, and what clothes they wore.