The ‘Kiss of Love’ movement was started in November 2014 in Kerala to protest moral policing in the state, has come back full circle, all thanks to the moral policing drive by the Shiv Sena.
Kiss of Love Resurrected
Cane-wielding Shiv Sena activists allegedly chased away young men and women who were sitting at Marine Drive area on International Women’s Day.
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.
Protest begins in Marine Drive
The protest was organised by a group of people on Facebook. They wrote, “Kiss of Love programme (will be) at Marine Drive today at 4 PM against moral policing by the Shiv Sena.”
— Pratheesh G Nair (@pratheeshjourno) March 9, 2017
The call for the ‘Kiss of Love’ agitation came today amid ongoing protests by the DYFI and the SFI activists at Marine Drive. The Congress and its student wing KSU have also called for a protest against Sena’s “moral policing”.
Kiss of Love campaign involves volunteers coming to the Marine Drive and hugging and kissing each other.
Took place in the presence of police
The central police sub-inspector was suspended on Wednesday for failing to stop the Shiv Sena’s “moral policing”. Eight other police personnel, who were on duty have been transferred to the Armed Reserve police camp.
Shiv Sena’s 6 activists have been taken into custody in connection with yesterday’s incident. The incident drawn condemnation from both the ruling CPI(M) and the opposition Congress.
Kiss Of Love, 2014
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 protest lost much of its value after two of the main protesters, Rahul Pasupalan and Reshmi were accused of an online sex racket. Back then the movement was criticized by conservatives all over the country who said it posed a great threat to the ‘moral fabric’ of society.
But now the movement is back with a bang.
Watch the video below: