Kerala: Shiv Sena activists cane couples in Kochi, 9 policemen face action

The harassment took place in the presence of policemen and mediapersons. A police sub inspector was suspended and eight constables were transferred for their failure to prevent the harassment.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: March 9, 2017 6:59 am
Kerala, kerala Shiv Sena activists, Shiv Sena activists, Shiv Sena moral policing, kerala Shiv Sena moral policing, india news Shiv Sena activists harass a couple at Marine Drive in Kochi on Wednesday. A S Satheesh

In an alleged incident of moral policing, Shiv Sena activists caned couples sitting at the Marine Drive walkway in Kochi on Wednesday evening. The harassment took place in the presence of policemen and mediapersons. A police sub inspector was suspended and eight constables were transferred for their failure to prevent the harassment.

Police said the Sena activists took out a procession, with a banner “stop love under umbrella’’ on Wednesday. They then verbally abused the couples and threatened them to vacate the walkway, they said. Some of the Sena supporters then caned the couples and asked them not to return to the walkway anymore, said police. The situation was brought under control after more policemen reached the spot.

Six Sena activists were arrested in connection with the incident. The arrests were made under charges of causing public nuisance and holding procession without police permission. However, no one has complained against the harassment and caning so far, said police.

A few days back, Sena activists had “warned’’ couples against sitting at the walkway. This comes two weeks after a youth committed suicide after he and his friend were harassed at Azheekkal beach in Kollam on Valentine’s Day. Visuals of the couple being harassed had gone viral.

A few years ago, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists had vandalised a hotel in Kozhikode, alleging immoral activity. The protest against the attack evolved into a major campaign, “kiss off love’’, at the Marine Drive in Kochi.

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    IslamForFoools
    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:31 am
    There are always 2 sides to story, media always hate Hindus and Hindu parties.
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      imran
      Mar 9, 2017 at 5:25 am
      chu***pa at its peak..
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        Jai hind
        Mar 9, 2017 at 1:55 am
        CPM are not illiterates ... My dear ..they don't have inferior complex too..
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          Jai hind
          Mar 9, 2017 at 2:30 am
          Thank God we have a very strong n brave CM ..these goons will be lt;br/gt;SC re Wed
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            Antony
            Mar 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm
            you illiterate sanghi coward ....go and do your moral policing on your sanghi cow dung state or go to stan and do it with your taliban brothers!
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              Felix
              Mar 9, 2017 at 9:23 am
              Ill come and beat your mom and sister too.
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                Indiana Jones
                Mar 9, 2017 at 1:42 am
                Monkey faced, Charcoalish and paunchy sainiks, with no chance of attracting any self respecting girl's attention. Jealousy turning to violence. Pity them, sympathise with their sorry state!
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                  Ivan
                  Mar 9, 2017 at 1:27 am
                  Why are the Sena buggers roaming free. They look like thugs anyway.
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