Indian police raided a gay house party in Mumbai this weekend, arresting 133 attendees for “indecent behavior.”
The 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.
Among those arrested was transgender Bollywood star Bobby Darling, who claims to have not been aware that it was a gay party.