Kochi: ‘Kiss of Love’ protest carried out against high-handedness by Shiv Sena

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 10, 2017 1:38 pm
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In response to Shiv Sena activists allegedly moral policing couples at the Marine Drive in Kochi on Wednesday, dozens of volunteers came out in large numbers at the venue to protest the right-wing party’s act. The volunteers, which included artists, writers, activists and transgenders, from the ‘Kiss of Love’ movement, hugged and kissed each other at Marine Drive in front of the crowd. Protesters also drew paintings, raised slogans, performed street plays and sang songs. Corresponding processions were taken out in other parts of the state as well, such as the one at Thiruvananthapuram, where the protest march was led by DYFI and the ruling CPI(M) party. “We want to create a platform against moral policing,” an activist said.

WATCH VIDEO | ”Kiss Of Love” Protest Carried Out Against Shiv Sena’s Alleged Moral Policing In Kochi

The protesters came together after a group of people called for the procession on Facebook. Protests by youth organisations such as DYFI, SFI, KSU and AIYF were also carried out at different locations in Kochi against Shiv Sena. Carrying canes, activists from AIYF marched towards the office of the Shiv Sena in Kochi.

The protest was carried out amid tight security by the Kerala police, who had come under the scanner on Wednesday for their inaction against the Sena activists allegedly harassing the youngsters.

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The protest saw the opposition as well as members of the BJP’s youth wing, the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha, take out a procession at another location at the Marine Drive to oppose the ‘Kiss of Love’ movement. They, however, also opposed the alleged moral policing by Sena activists.

According to news agency PTI, one sub-inspector was suspended and eight police persons, who were on duty at the time of the incident, were transferred to the Armed Reserve Police camp. The police have also arrested six Sena activists in connection with the incident, under the charges of public nuisance and holding procession without police permission.

No youngster has come forward with a complaint against the Sena, as of now.

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Activists from the right-wing political party has given a “warning” to youngsters at the Drive a few days ago. Two week back, a youth had committed suicide after an act of moral policing by the Kerala police Azheekkal beach in Kollam on Valentine’s Day.

A video of the harassment of the couple had gone viral on social media.

Prior to this, in another act of moral policing, the BJYM had, a few years ago, ransacked a hotel in Kozhikode citing ‘immoral activity’ going on in the hotel. The ‘kiss of love’ started as a mark of protest against vandalising, in 2014. It had started as a local protest, but spread to other parts of the country soon. The protest was started after a post by a group on Facebook had called for the march on November 2, 2014, at Marine Drive on Kochi.

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    Kannaiah
    Mar 9, 2017 at 6:33 pm
    MODI PIMPED AISHWARYA RAI TO FRANCOIS HOLLANDE. HE AND HIS ADVISORS ARE JUST PIMP MANAGERS!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;They should tell Senas that!
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      Trazan
      Mar 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm
      All Sena members to be bobbitized. Modi to send 2000 brahmins to Israel to get the technology and from there they will fly to J a p a n to get trained in that technology and on return Bagawat will inaugurate first bobbitization.
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        Abdul Khadar
        Mar 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm
        yes, pretty clear from where you come from..suits your thing, you peace loving religion of bigotry
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          Ashir
          Mar 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm
          Well done .... !! This is far better than a tight slap on those Sena members
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            Ashir
            Mar 10, 2017 at 1:37 am
            And yeah sumit .Opposing moral policing doesn't mean that support.and take my family to do these kinda acts.. My family is brought up so well and they are informed and knowledged about today's social environment and it's good and bad ...may be u support.moral policing coz .they have saved any of ur family member or entire family from.getting involved in it .... When we talk about general things .talk about it .don't drag the family u .. Nut ...☺
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              Ashir
              Mar 10, 2017 at 1:33 am
              Mr Sumit ... It's not about the act of people public .for Every thing there is law and order ... And none of us or these self policing people.has the right to take control of such situations ..Being a malayali I ume.u to be an educated person ,, let it be a Sena .or a SDPI gang ..or Any communists ... Can't justify the act of self policing .many had lost life because of such goons. ...either the victims suicide or they are beaten to death .. .... lt;br/gt; Please such moral.polices shudnt worry about others sisters ... Parents and brothers are there for their daughters and sisters ..they can handle it and if they don't let them face the consequences ... lt;br/gt; And the basic reason behind such lt;br/gt;...moral policing is purely jealous .. Nothing else.. Coz I do mix up with all these kinda people and i openly oppose them and exposed their stain of jealous and inferiority complex
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                Ashir
                Mar 10, 2017 at 1:22 am
                Wotta language ..!!/keep it up ..so u re the one who is out to clean the social atmosphere of the country ?😂😂😂😂👎
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                  Ashir
                  Mar 10, 2017 at 1:21 am
                  Y did u lend this name.here.. Scared to disclose ur ideny or want to expose tha t religion .... ?/ stop ur venomous hatred mind set first my dear .then come.out to act against such anti social activities ....
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