The Kochi and Kozhikode episodes might not have been as sweet as a kiss, but the ‘Kiss of Love’ activists are not willing to give up the cause they uphold, it seems.
The Facebook collective against moral policing, is gearing up to hold similar events in other parts of the state too. The anti-moral policing activists, on their FB page, have said that the third and fourth editions of the ‘Kiss of Love’ protest will be held at Wayanad and Alappuzha in the first week of January 2015.
The organisers expect that the agitation will get the support from youth organisations, including the DYFI, now. The DYFI is likely to support the protesters in the wake of right wing outfits like Shiv Sena and Hanuman Sena coming out in the open and attacking the protesters in Kochi and Kozhikode.
‘Kiss of Love’, on its FB page, alleged that it is the police that turned to be the moralist goons in Kozhikode during ‘Kiss in the Street’ on Sunday by trying to oppress the protesters.
“It is the police that whisked away those who kissed in front of the Commissioner’s office. Even after, (Hanuman Sena) pasted posters, including phone numbers, that read ‘they will strip off the protesters’, the police did not take any action,” the statement added.
“Each blow that we received was part of a huge cultural clean-up drive. (Kerala Home Minister) Ramesh Chennithala should ready himself to form a Hanuman Police Sena by merging the police force with the Hanuman Sena,” the post said.
Not against one’s right to kiss: Chennithala
Meanwhile, the Home Minister on Monday told the Kerala Assembly that the government is not against anyone’s rights, either to kiss or to protest. “But the government will interfere if it leads to law and order issues,” he added.
“That is why the police interfered in the protest held in Kozhikode on Sunday. The government is not going to appease anyone in this matter,” the minister said.