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Thousands of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine in Paris February 13, 2014 on the eve of Valentine's Day. (Reuters)

About 40 couples looking for privacy in hotel rooms in Mumbai's popular Madh Island and Aksa suburbs on Thursday were in for a shock of their lives when police knocked on their doors.

The Malwani police reportedly 'caught' the couples, among whom were college students, and charged them with 'indecent behaviour in public', despite the fact that they were all consenting adults inside private hotel rooms, Mid Day reported.

The police detained many of the couples for more than five hours, and even forced some of them to call their parents, leaving them humiliated.

A 19-year-old girl who was among those 'caught' in the raid even contemplated suicide following the humiliation, according to the newspaper report. "I am literally contemplating ending my life because of the trauma and the stigma from the raid. I haven't been able to step out of the house and my parents have also not spoken a single word to me since this morning," she said. 

The report has angered several people, who called the police raid a sheer breach of privacy, and condemned the 'sex ban'. 

Several prominent Twitterati condemned the police action on Twitter. Among those were musician Vishal Dadlani and comedians Vir Das and Ashish Shakya.

Here are some of the tweets with which Twitterati hit back at the Mumbai police for picking up consenting adults from hotel rooms.