Kiss of Love protest to take Kochi’s Marine Drive by storm today: Kerala CM admits police lapse in Women’s Day ‘moral policing’ incident

By: | Published: March 9, 2017 12:29 PM

Remember, the 'Kiss of Love' protest at Kochi's Marine Drive that took the country by storm? It first happened on November 2, 2014. Now it is all set to be back again in 2017 and yes, it is happening today!

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has admitted that the Kerala police failed to act in response to the situation. (PTI)

Remember, the ‘Kiss of Love’ protest at Kochi’s Marine Drive that took the country by storm? It first happened on November 2, 2014. Now it is all set to be back again in 2017 and yes, it is happening today! Today’s local reports in Kerala say that organizers are relaunching the ‘Kiss of love’ protest, following yesterday’s incident of Shiv Sena activists chasing away couples at Marine Drive in Kochi. Shiv Sena’s act of ‘moral policing’ has triggered a huge outpouring of anger among young Malayalis, particularly on social media.

Incidents of ‘moral policing’ are increasing across the state and have largely gone unchecked by Kerala government and the police. On Valentine’s Day, Aneesh, a 22-year-old youth from Kerala committed suicide after he and his female friend were subjected to ‘moral policing’ by a group of men at Azheekel beach in Kollam. Few days before the incident, a couple who were sitting in a park were spotted by police personnel and questioned in an almost humiliating manner, following which they responded by going live on Facebook to expose this ‘moral policing’ by Kerala police.

This morning, the Opposition had hit out in the assembly, saying that the police failed to act in spite of intelligence reports. To this, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has admitted just now that the Kerala police failed to act in response to the situation.

Kummanam Rajasekharan, Kerala’s BJP state president, the slammed police for not taking action against such acts.

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He further stated, “Such incidents are insulting to Kerala’s inclusive culture. That this happened on Women’s Day is a matter of shame for all of us. The ruling government should be firm enough to take strong action whenever it is required. It is critical to make sure that these incidents are not repeated in the state and for that, the law and order situation needs to be taken more seriously by the state government.”

The Facebook page of ‘Kiss of Love’ has already announced that the protest would be held on Thursday, at 4 pm at Marine Drive.’

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