‘Kiss of Love’ Campaign Against Moral Policing In Kochi Today

A day after Kerala High Court refused to intervene, a group of youngsters will hold the controversial the ‘Kiss of Love’ – a non-violent protest against moral policing in Kerala’s Kochi district on Sunday.

The ‘Kiss of Love’ was planned in the wake of an attack on a coffee shop by youth wing activists of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

It is a campaign initiated to protest against the moral policing and express freedom of love.

Last week, the Congress Party-owned Jaihind TV had aired a show alleging immoral activities at a cafe called Downtown in Kozhikode city. Within hours, it was attacked by the workers of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha – the youth wing of BJP.

However, Kerala Police have denied permission to the protesters to hold the event in Kochi.

The young protesters had on Wednesday held protest march carrying posters reading ‘Stop Moral Policing’ to publicise the drive even as the members of local moral policing team were present at the venue trying to scare the youngsters by shouting at them.

A member of the moral policing team, Vijayan, said such events are against Indian culture and tradition.

“Not only political parties, even the residents and entire community should protest this kind of wrong behaviour. What are they up to, to kiss in open place and organise such events, it is spoiling our age old culture and tradition. Such activities are not at all acceptable,” Vijayan said.

The organisers of ‘Kiss Day’ have invited couples to assemble at Marine Drive in Kochi on the  Sunday evening to protest against moral policing. The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders) community has also showed support to the drive, organised to express love and draw people’s attention to the fact that no one has the right to interfere in one’s personal life.

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