If you live in Thane and are planning to go for an evening stroll with your boyfriend/girlfriend, stop right there! You may be booked under Bombay section 110 of the Bombay Police Act for "causing public nuisance."
A Mumbai Mirror report says that the Thane police has launched a special anti-harassment squad, called the Ched-chad Virodhi Pathak that books young, unmarried couples out on the streets after dark.
This gang of moral police slap a fine of Rs 1200 on young couples who are out and about after 10pm, and if they do not have the money, their parents are given a call and asked to cough up the cash. And thats not all. The cherry on the cake is the lecture. Yes, they lecture you on how to behave and the dangers of stepping out so late.
According to the Mumbai Mirror report, this 15 member plain clothed policemen have also roped in authorities from four colleges and eight high schools in their jurisdiction.
The Ched-chad drive was launched after the murder of 19-year-old Santosh Vichivora at Dombivili, who had intervened when five teenagers made indecent remarks at his neighbour who was returning home from work.
The report quoted Thane police commissioner KP Raghuvanshi as sayong, "It is meant to target road Romeos and molesters. Our plainclothes squad is supposed to identify and book them."