From Kochi to Kolkata, the controversial #KissOfLove movement has now travelled to the national capital, where Delhiites will be embracing their right to public display of affection on Saturday right outside the office of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Jhandewalan.
The Facebook event page inviting participation currently has close to 500 confirmed attendees. According to the FB description of the Delhi chapter, the ‘kissathon’ promises to "embrace, hold, shake hands, give high fives ... and Kiss".
The movement began when activists from all over Kerala decided to protest against the series of moral policing incidents by organising the event in Kochi last week.
Pankhuri Zaheer, 26, who along with two other JNU students is organising the Delhi edition, says, "We think that the way the state machinery and the right wing fanatics reacted is unacceptable. Lovers all over the country will not give up their spaces without a fight.
Woh ishq hi kya jo farmaya nahi
As per law, both the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court have made it clear that they have nothing against kissing and hugging in public by two consensual people.
Japleen Pasricha, another JNU student who is attending the event, says, "This is an answer to all those who have told me that it’s my fault to love. I will give them a taste of their own medicine,
magar pyaar se