A day after their botched ‘kiss of love’, organisers faced a rude shock on Monday when their Facebook page was hacked.
The Facebook account, which got more than 73,000 likes, disappeared from the site and the organisers claimed it was done by the same communal elements who let loose a violent campaign against them. A one-line description on the page reads: Moral Policing is a criminal activity. Most of political parties and religious organizations tries [sic] to do that.
“They were scared of our popularity. And the country has seen how communal elements were joining hands to enforce moral policing. It is a dangerous trend,” one of the organisers of the event said.
She also added that they succeeded in sending a message across the country and that support was pouring in from many campuses in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune.
The campaign 'kiss of love' was held to protest against an attack on a café in Kozhikode (in north Kerala), which Yuva Morcha alleged was be 'promoting immoral activities'.
The march fizzled out on Sunday as police rounded up 50-odd activists who were planning to march towards Marine Drive, Kochi. They detained the organisers and sympathisers, including women, even before they could reach the venue.
Just as the march began at around 4pm, the police team led by DCP (Law and Order), R Nishantini, took the organisers and sympathisers into custody and bundled them into a police van as they raised slogans against moral policing.
Though the organisers had claimed that 5,000 activists would take part in the event many pro-kiss activists backed out at the eleventh hour fearing violence. Since morning many anti-kiss drive activists had swarmed Marine Drive and assembled at vantage points insisting that they won’t allow the event come what may.
The police resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse the crowd that attacked two motor-cyle borne pro-kiss activists. At least eight protesters and media personnel were injured in the ensuing scuffle. Traffic was disrupted for more than two hours.
The event is reminiscent of the 2009 Pink Chaddi Campaign in Mangalore where hundreds of people sent pink underwear on Valentine’s Day to the office of a right-wing group that allegedly attacked some women at a pub.