Ripple effects of ‘Kiss of Love’ in far off Kerala were felt in the city on Wednesday. Hundreds of youth engaged in public display of affection in a bid to protest against the moral policing.
In Kerala, a schoolteacher who had participated at the event on Sunday along with her husband and daughter, was allegedly targeted by a section of students and teachers, who demanded immediate action taken against them.
“True, we participated in the event to express solidarity with the organisers,” her husband, also a teacher, said.
“It is nothing but witch hunt. Teacher and her family are regulars at many struggles including protest against Kudankulam nuclear project. Kiss of love is being used to tarnish her image,” said one of her colleagues. When contacted, a senior official of the school said he would comment only after a PTA meeting on Friday.
Kolkata hosted two separate events for the same cause – one by the students of Jadavpur University (JU) and the other by the students of Presidency University. According to the organisers, the protest was planned in reaction to the alleged incident of the killing of a Dalit boy and his parents in Maharashtra for his relations with a girl from an upper caste.
“The state or the country cannot dictate whether or not to kiss in a public place or get into a relationship with a person of a different caste. We will do what we feel like,” one of the organisers, Bandana Mondal told HT.
In Kochi, as many as 80 people were arrested after they hit the streets to protest against police harassment and moral policing at public places.