Kerala: Activists burn ‘Mangalsutra’ to protest against moral policing

About 100 activists gathered at the Vasco da Gama square where a huge 'mangalsutra' made of paper and firecrackers was burnt.

By: Press Trust of India | Kochi | Published: May 10, 2015 3:05 pm

Protesting against moral policing and religious strictures against expression of love, a cultural group burnt a symbolic ‘Thali’ (mangalsutra) at nearby Fort Kochi. The protest by activists of ‘Njattuvela’ cultural workers forum, took place at Fort Kochi yesterday, amidst heavy police presence.

About 100 activists, including women, took out a procession from Fort Kochi bus stand and gathered at the Vasco da Gama square where a huge ‘mangalsutra’ made of paper and firecrackers stuffed in it, was burnt. Swapnesh Nanu, secretary of the forum said the event was held to ‘free love from the shackles of institutionalisation’.

“Love is not something which can be confined in the institution of heterosexual marriage, made holy and perfect by the ‘thali’, an activist said. It can also happen between same genders and even outside marriage. This protest comes close on the heels of the ‘Kiss of Love’, a kissing agitation launched by some activists against moral policing in November last year in various parts of Kerala which later spread to other states.

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  1. A
    May 11, 2015 at 6:44 am
    Whats this new form of hate mongering. But anyways "freedom of expression" right.
    1. V
      May 10, 2015 at 4:58 pm
      Will they ever have guts to burn a burkha? These groups know they can freely attacks hindu religious and cultural symbols and would get support from so called intellegisa as well as media. But they wont dare open their mouth against minority orthodoxy and extremism
      1. P
        May 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm
        love is far different in the manner of humanity which bind two human in sentimental band which does not have selfishness,cast,race etc which cause blood for life
        1. SHIVA BHAT
          May 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm
          They can burn their mother's Thali also.
          1. C
            Curious onlooker
            May 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm
            A new campaign of transgenders to engage freely in immoral trade without fear from the long arm of the law? What does mangalsutra represent to these groups? The group's behaviour is a matter for study not just for the law enforcement people, but also the sociologists and law society.
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