• Petitioned Arup Patnaik

This petition was delivered to:

Commissioner of Police, Mumbai
Arup Patnaik
Excise Minister
Ganesh Naik
Chief Minister, Maharashtra
Prithviraj Chavan
Home Minister, Maharashtra

Stop Dhoble and his Moral Police Brigade

    1. Ashwin Mushran
    2. Petition by

      Ashwin Mushran

      Mumbai, India

In Mumbai, everyone young or old is scared to go out, even possibly to a gathering at a neighbour’s house. Thanks to the the Moral policing brigade led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Dhoble and his social service unit.

Many evenings, in a primitive display of power, carrying a hockey stick in his hand and men with video cameras he raids bars and juice counters in the city. The hockey stick is used to break restaurant property while his men video graph the people present at the location. This footage is later used to tarnish them. The Social Service branch also arbitrarily decide what people should wear or what time they should be out, especially for women

He has caught women hanging out at pubs and sent them to rehab centers on charges of being prostitutes. Life has changed for many after Dhoble and his men started terrorizing people and raiding well known hangouts.

One of them is Veena. A simple girl from a middle-class family,she was detained by cops from a cafe/pub called 'Madness' where she had gone to celebrate with her friends as she had secured her first job as a receptionist at a south Mumbai shopping mall.

Till now, Chief Minister Prithvi Raj Chavan has failed to take any action and that is why I have started a petition calling on Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Prithviraj Chavan and Home Minister R.R.Patil to reign in ACP Dhoble and his men and bring back Mumbai’s free and open atmosphere. Here are the following demands -

1) Compensation to victims of police atrocities and to business owners. Further a public apology from the government and Mumbai Police for their excesses. 

2) Harassment of people in unlicensed venues should stop. Rather the venues should be closed permanently and proper mechanism to check that they don’t open again should be implemented.

3) Initiate investigation against the Social Service Wing of the Police and consequent criminal proceedings u/s. 147, 66 of the Bombay Police Act, & S. 320, S. 351, S. 354, S. 503 of the Indian Penal Code and hold them accountable. 

4) Harrasment of people under the obsolete Bombay Prohibition Act 1949 should stop immediately. The archaic laws within the act are used to harrass people at the whim and fancy of the authorities. If prohibition was removed decades ago, there is absolutely no reason for prohibition laws to remain

News Sources: 

-- http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3610524.ece?homepage=true

-- http://ibnlive.in.com/news/watch-mumbai-moral-policeman-detains-german-women/268535-3.html

-- Four reasons why ACP Dhoble should be penalised

-- Dhoble’s career marked by controversies 

-- Vasant Dhoble: The cop with the hockey stick

-- Mumbai Seeks action against ‘bar raider cop’ Vasant Dhoble: Govt. keeps mum



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Cops in the dock for not sticking to the rules

      Ashwin Mushran
      Petition Organizer

      Again there appears to be a gross violation of people's rights by the Mumbai Police. This is not about endorsing drug or alcohol abuse, this is about following the letter of the law by the very same people who enforce it

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Womens Panel Cracks the whip on Mumbai Police

      Ashwin Mushran
      Petition Organizer

      It appears that as usual the police will take their own sweet time replying to things like this. We will have to wait and watch

    5. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Eugene Lobo PUNE, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I feel for and have a camaraderie with the innocent people of Mumbai who are victims of inhuman behavior.This is not politics but sheer torture, & highhandedness of a "Rakshas" in uniform! How can you have this in a civilized world? Where is Mr.RR patil (deep slumber), Prithviraj Chavan(unconcerned) & even my favorite Mr.Ajit Pawar(quick fixer)? In Maharashtra the taxes on liquor are the highest(60%). If you terrorize the drinkers where are you going to earn the revenues for your state all you dimwits?

    • soumen saha MUMBAI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Stop talibanisation of India.

    • Anuradha Sanyal KOLKATA, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      People like Dhoble should be the ones to be beaten with hockey sticks and baseball bats.. they should be shipped back to their villages where they came from... Was shocked when i saw HIS track record...refer to news sources. Please sign this petition and put this scoundrel in his place.

    • Rudolph Carvalho MUMBAI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Un-Necessary force used by Police& Police Brutality towards Indian Citizens

    • Neha Agarwal BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      Just because he might have caught a few people doing drugs or rescued some prostitutes he cannot generalize that all people out at night are prostitutes or drug addicts. When a girl was raped on Marine Drive police station by a policeman we did not generalize that all policemen are rapists! Instead of labeling women as prostitutes, he should use his time on actual crimes like corruption, catching rapists etc. He is the one who is trying to ruin our culture by showing such disrespect towards women and disregard for people’s rights. He cannot force people and tell them how to behave and how to spend their money. He is imposing his personal beliefs on people and misusing his power as a police officer and that itself is an offense. He doesn't even know what the word ‘democracy’ means. This is not why we pay our taxes!


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