Police in Kozhikode took into custody 20 persons, including four women, who were among the activists tried to stage “kiss in the street,” second edition of the recently held kiss of love protest against alleged moral policing.
The kiss in the street in Kozhikode was planned at the moffusil bus stand in the city. As activists of the Hanuman Sena had threatened to prevent the kissing in the public place and another group of people pledging support for the agitation, police dispersed the public from the bus stand premises. Those who were taken into custody included a few activists of the Hanuman Sena.
Hundreds of people had gathered at the bus stand as scores of kiss activists had dared to stage their agitation in public despite the Sena threat that those who kiss in the public would be stripped naked and paraded along the street.
As a curtain raiser to the kiss in the street, the social media group behind the agitation had held a night gathering for women in Kozhikode beach last week.
The meeting titled “Iruttu nunayamedikale” (women, let us enjoy darkness), did not evoke much response as only a dozen women turned in the beach.