Vadodara: A senior police officer has triggered a massive outrage on social media with his word of caution for residents of Vadodara on how to celebrate the New Year safely.
Anupam Singh Gehlot, the Police Commissioner of Vadodara said, “We have issued notification for New Year celebrations. CCTVs should be present at all venues, no drugs or alcohol should be served and such clothes should not be worn which have an adverse effect on children,” according to news agency ANI, as markets and restaurants in the Gujarat city prepare for the New Year rush.
Gujarat is a dry state. Usually, the security in the big cities of the country is usually increased by the cops during New Year and festivals, and often announce dos and don’ts, an advisory on what a person should not wear during a festive time is rare.
“So what clothes affect the children? Why go into moral policing about clothes, when you have a solid point about alcohol…” Manas, an engineer, tweeted.
“What kind of clothes, so police in Vadodara would be a moral police…” another man, Vivek Singh, tweeted.
Twitter user Sumit Sarkar, said, “Role of Vadodara Police shifting more towards moral policing, it seems. Law & order in Vadodara seems to be too good for policing! Were they idling otherwise for lack of crime?”
Another user said, “What kind of clothes, so police in Vadodara would be moral police like one in Iran and Saudi – under which law do they draw such powers from?”