The Kerala High Court on Friday refused to interfere with the proposed ‘Kiss of Love’ drive in Kochi on Nov 2 being organized by a group of youngsters to protest against moral policing after the state government ensured that it would take adequate measures to maintain law and order.
Hearing two petitions seeking a ban on the proposed event the court has asked the government to clarify its position. The government counsel said enough police personnel would be deployed in Marine Drive, venue of the event, and strict action would be taken in case of a law and order problem and traffic congestion.
However petitioners contended that such practices were against the culture and tradition of the nation and it would send a wrong signal. But later hearing the government the court disposed both pleas.
Earlier Kochi police had refused permission to hold such an event however organizers insisted that they would go ahead with their plan. Two days back pro-drive activists were manhandled by an angry crowd when they were distributing pamphlets to drum up support. On Friday a group girls, wearing traditional Kerala sari covering their mouth with black bands, took out a procession against the event near the venue.
Meanwhile State Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the right to protest was a fundamental right and it could not be suppressed. But protesters should not create a law and order problem affecting normal life. Interestingly political parties are divided over the issue_ while some supported the move other said it would set a wrong precedent. A group of youngster have called for a 'kiss of love' drive, an event to kiss lovers in the public, to protest against the recent attack against a coffee shop in Kozhikode (north Kerala) by moral police (Yova Morcha activists) alleging immoral activities.