1. ‘Kiss of Love’ confronts RSS in Delhi, forces cops to step in

‘Kiss of Love’ confronts RSS in Delhi, forces cops to step in

The 'Kiss of Love' bandwagon today reached Delhi where a major confrontation...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2014 10:35 PM
'Kiss of Love' (campaign against moral policing) activists (R) and Hindu activists (L) argue outside RSS headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

‘Kiss of Love’ (campaign against moral policing) activists (R) and Hindu activists (L) argue outside RSS headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

The ‘Kiss of Love’ bandwagon today reached Delhi where a major confrontation was avoided by police when it prevented around 60 protesters, mostly students, from reaching the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office in central Delhi where they wanted to stage a demonstration.

The event organisers had set up a Facebook page through which the event was fixed at 4 PM in front of the RSS office in Jhandewalan today and youths were mobilised to join it.

Women kiss each other to express support to the 'Kiss of Love’ campaign near the Hindu right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The campaign was launched to protest alleged moral policing by Hindu right-wing organizations in India. (AP)

Women kiss each other to express support to the ‘Kiss of Love’ campaign near the Hindu right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in New Delhi. The campaign was launched to protest alleged moral policing. (AP)

As the protesters, mostly students of University of Delhi and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, tried to march from the Jhandewalan metro station to the RSS office, they were stopped by police who had set up barricades on the way.

Another group Hindu Sena had also organised a counter protest in the same area and there was a brief altercation but police stepped in to control the situation.
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Asked so as to why they had chosen the RSS office for the protest, the protesters alleged that the right wing groups have been “denying them public space” to express their affection.

“While around 50 campaigners managed to cross the first level of barricading, all of them were stopped at the second barricade which was set around 50 metres away from the RSS office. We had orders to arrest whosoever tried to get past the final barricading but nobody was detained or arrested and all of them dispersed around 7 PM,” said a senior police official.
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The barricading and protesters caused severe traffic congestion in the area which was removed by 7:30 PM, he added.

The first “Kiss of Love” event was held in Kochi on November 2 after activists from all over Kerala decided to protest against alleged moral policing by right-wing groups. Similar events have been organised at Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

Members of various Hindu right-wing organizations shout slogans as they try to prevent activists participating in the 'Kiss of Love’ campaign from approaching the headquarters of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The campaign was launched to protest moral policing in the country. Posters read "Kiss of Love will not work in India." (AP)

Members of various Hindu organizations shout slogans as they try to prevent activists participating in the ‘Kiss of Love’ campaign from approaching the headquarters of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in New Delhi. Posters read ‘Kiss of Love will not work in India’. (AP)

The campaign stated after a coffee shop in north Kerala’s Kozhikode city was vandalised by a group of people who were protesting against “public display of affection” by some couples there.

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