Bombay cops busted a gay party yesterday allegedly for being indecent. I didn’t write about it yesterday because details were scant and I’d be speculating. There’s more information now.

Everyone in the party was detained and let off with a fine of Rs. 1200.

“We received complaints of loud music being played late into the night, which prompted our raid,” DCP Pratap Dighavkar said. “There were violations on three counts. Firstly, there was no permission from either the police or the BMC. The disc jockey, Babar, had no permission for playing music and using loudspeakers in a public place. The organizers, Tejas Jogani and Salim Siraj, had arranged for liquor to be served without a permit.”

 The third count was indecent behavior under section 110 of Bombay Police Act which says:

110. 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.

 This is broad enough to be applied when you talk back to a hawaldar.

In summary, this looks like raids of rave parties and other parties that cops routinely carry out. The laws that cops cite for these raids and their enforcement are better off not keeping cops busy — no doubt about that — but if you’re looking for evidence that gays were being discriminated against in this case, it’s probably not there.

This goes under Stuff the government does it shouldn’t be doing.

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While CNNIBN’s headline screamed a gay party was busted, the report said actor Bobby Darling was present at the party. That looked strange to me: Bobby Darling is not gay; she’s a woman who felt trapped in a man’s body and underwent a sex change operation.

Yeah, I know my stuff!

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