Youth to mark Nov 2 as ‘Kiss Day’ to challenge moral policing in Kerala

But Kochin cops say they will not let event take place.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 28, 2014 4:00 pm

To express the freedom of love in the wake of BJP vandalism against a coffee shop in Kozhikode alleging immoral activities, a group of youngsters have announced “kiss day” in Kochi on November 2.

Last week, Congress-owned Jaihind TV had aired news, alleging immoral activities at a hotel named downtown café. Within hours, the hotel was attacked by a gang of Yuva Morcha, the youth outfit of BJP. The incident had created an outrage in the social media and support has been pouring in for youngsters’ right to express their love.

A group of youths led by short filmmaker Rahul Pasupalan had opened a Facebook page for “kiss of love” three days back. Around 2,600 persons have so far accepted the invitation to join the event to be held at Marine Drive at the shore of Kochi backwaters.

* This is the video that triggered the Yuva Morcha attack

The Facebook page said participants should come with a placard “kiss of love” to the Marine Drive at 5 pm on November 2. Let the lovers among the participants kiss each other. Let us convince the wholesale dealers of morality how human beings express love. The social media campaign has also invited the TV channel for exclusive coverage of the kissing. “The event would be an open challenge to moral policing,” says Pasupalan.

Noted writer N S Madhavan tweeted, “this is Kerala’s pink chaddi moment. Remember how social media campaign against Mangalore pub attacks resulted in moral police chief Pramod Muthalick of Sri Ram Sena getting drowned under a sea of pink underwear. Calicut (Kozhikode) incident was worse. A private channel was a co conspirator. So when the regular media is a perpetrator, where can the answer come except from social media. I have to warn about equally vigilante Kerala police who can misuse section 294 of IPC against public display of affinity. Well-intentioned youth behind the campaign should be cautious.”

However, Kochi city police commissioner K G James said police would not allow the kissing event. “We are not going to allow such an event in a public place,” said James.

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