Despite the fact same-sex sexual activity is legal India, Indian police have raided a gay house party in Mumbai this weekend, and arrested 133 of the party goers, the party’s organizers and the DJ, for what they say was “indecent behavior.”
Police said they conducted the raid after they received a phone call around 1am about loud music being played at the Spanish Villa bungalow.
A police team then raided the bungalow, which is often used for film shootings, and took the partygoers, organisers and the DJ to Oshiwara police station.
“The team found that those at the party were behaving in an indecent manner as defined under the Bombay Police Act so they were detained and asked to pay a fine of Rs 1,200 each”, said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (zone 9).
The party organisers, Sharaj Jogani and Saleem Siraj, and DJ Babar were arrested under relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act. The trio was later released on bail. “The organisers had sent invites online and many who attended the party had paid Rs 450 per person as entry fee,” a police official said.
In 2009, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was struck down by the High Court in Delhi for consensual adults, after it was ruled the law violate the fundamental right to life and liberty and the right to equality as guaranteed by the Constitution of India. Notwithstanding, homosexuality is generally considered a taboo subject by both Indian civil society and the government and things have been very slow to actually change with regards LGBT’s in Indian society.