Couples being threatened by police in Mumbai's Hanging Gardens park.
Mumbai: Locals visiting iconic Hanging Gardens here are complaining of money extortion and moral policing by police personnel with couples who visiting the garden as Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Couples and people staying in the neighbourhood have alleged that some police officials are harassing those who are visiting parks and kissing and hugging in the gardens.
Couples are visiting Mumbai’s iconic spot, Hanging Gardens, to spend some quality time with their partners. However, many of the visitors complained that the police heckled the couples hanging out in the park, according to a report by the Free Press Journal.
Notably, the place is not just popular among the couples but is also a favourite of families who usually spend time on an evening stroll.
Police Keeping 'Close Watch' On Couples Trying To Kiss
As per the media report, the police personnel are keeping a close watch on those coming in pairs. As soon as any couple tries to kiss, the officials jump out of bushes and also make them pay a fine.
One of the couples, who often visits the garden due to its proximity to their residences, said they have seen police restricting couples even from holding hands or hugging. When the police encounter such a couple, they ask the latter to either stop their act or leave the garden, the FPJ report
Kissing Shouldn't Be Treated As Crime: Local
A resident and frequent visitor to the garden shared his ‘bizarre’ experience when he saw a man doing a sit-up as he was asked by the police. He said that several couples were threatened by the police’s presence and would leave the place as soon as they see the cops approaching them.
"Kissing and hugging should not be treated as a crime. This should not be the case as gardens are meant for people to spend good time with their closed ones. Police act like they have nothing better to do instead of harassing couples," the man told FPJ.