Mumbai: After cautioning couples against meeting in isolated places, the Mumbai police late on Thursday night backtracked saying it would not book such couples.
Mumbai Police spokesperson Ambadas Pote told a leading national daily that they are amending the circular and would not book couples found meeting in isolated places. Instead, the police would increase vigilance to ensure they are not troubled by anti-social elements, Pote added.
Describing it as a "preventive" step aimed at saving such couples from becoming victim of miscreants, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh had at a recent meeting given instructions to all the police stations to keep a vigil at isolated places in their jurisdictions where couples often meet and ask them to vacate such places.
As per the original plan, the couples would have been first asked to leave the place. In case they failed to listen, action would have been initiated against them under relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act.
The circular came in wake of the Delhi gang-rape case last month that rocked the nation.
Many couples are often found sitting at Mumbai`s beaches and other isolated places.
The places identified for the purpose include - Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Worli Sea Face, Marine Drive, Bandra Band Stand, Versova beach, Aksa beach, Dadar Chowpatty, Madh Island, Gorai, Manori beach, Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu beach.