‘A Kiss of Love’ programme will be held at Marine Drive grounds on Thursday to protest against the alleged moral policing by the Shiv Sena, organisers said. A group of people on Facebook called for the programme after Shiv Sena activists allegedly chased away young men and women who were sitting in the Marine Drive area on Wednesday. “Kiss of Love programme (will be) at Marine Drive on Thursday at 4 pm against moral policing by the Shiv Sena,” the group posted on its Facebook wall. Police said a central police sub-inspector was suspended on Wednesday for failing to stop the Shiv Sena’s “moral policing” while eight police personnel, who were on duty when the incident occurred, were transferred to the Armed Reserve police camp.
WATCH VIDEO | ”Kiss Of Love” Protest Carried Out Against Shiv Sena’s Alleged Moral Policing In Kochi
A similar ‘Kiss of Love’ programme was held in Kochi in 2014 to protest vandalism by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists at a hotel in Kozhikode. It was held amid protest by various outfits and those who participated were taken into custody. The call for the ‘Kiss of Love’ agitation came on Thursday amid ongoing protests by the DYFI and the SFI activists at Marine Drive. The Congress and its student wing KSU have also called for protest against Sena’s “moral policing”. The campaign involves volunteers coming to the Marine drive and hugging and kissing each other.
Six activists of the Shiv Sena have been taken into custody in connection with Wednesday’s incident which has come in for condemnation from both the ruling CPI(M) and the opposition Congress.
TV news channels had aired video footage showing a group of marching Shiv Sena activists, wielding sticks and chasing away young men and women from Marine Drive, a tourist spot. The incident had occurred allegedly in the presence of police. Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain had condemned the incident and asked the police to take strong action against those involved.