Now, 'Kiss of Love' in Bengaluru? Row erupts

  • Sudipto Mondal, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
  • Updated: Nov 19, 2014 20:03 IST

A Facebook page calling for the Bengaluru chapter of Kiss of Love has met with overwhelming response, but the city police and the state government have not yet decided whether to grant permission to the organisers.

Proposed by a little-known activist, Rachita Taneja, earlier this week, the event has already triggered a storm of negative reactions and a rival Facebook page has come up called 'Stop Kissing Day in Bangalore'.

Not unexpectedly, Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik was the first to react and warned that his followers will be forced to take law into their own hands if the event is held.

Many members of the ruling Congress including home minister KJ George and former minister Motamma too opposed the event.

George said that the government will come down strongly if the organisers create a law and order problem. He also said that action will be taken if the event is "against our culture".

Motamma, who also heads a sub-committee to prevent sexual assault of children and women, described the Kiss of Love as an extreme reaction to moral policing.

Civil society activists, who are in favour of the event, however, are unhappy with the way Taneja has gone about organising the event.

"She announced the event before getting police permission," said one women's rights campaigner.

Another rights activist said, "There is no information on where and when the event will be held. We also have no idea who the organiser is or what she does." Many activists said that repeated efforts to contact Taneja proved futile.

In an emailed response to HT, Taneja, who claimed she was a women's rights activist and an environmentalist, said that she met the police for permission on Wednesday.

Taneja said she was unable to respond to queries from those showing solidarity as she held a full time job. She refused to divulge the date of the event or any further details.

Deputy commissioner of police Sandeep Patil told HT that Taneja submitted an application seeking permission to hold the demonstration on November 30. "We will have to consult the chief minister and the home minister before we grant permission," he said.

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