K for Kiss of Love #AtoZChallenge
Kerala is the most literate state in India (93.91% as of 2011 census) but when several instances of ‘moral policing’ were reported, Kiss of Love was born. What started as a protest calling upon youth on Facebook, soon spread all over India and the youth across many cities came forward to protest against moral policing.
Section 294(a) of Indian Penal Code states that “Whoever, to the annoyance of others, does any obscene act in any public place shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.”
The real challenge is when IPC does not define obscenity. While kissing may be obscene for one, hugging may be obscene for the other. What about holding hands and walking? That could be obscene as well. Is it dependent on the community, city or people to specify their definition?
Adults should have the choice to make their own decisions and others should not take offense in that. Since when a female riding pillion with a man, become a crime? When police and political organizations resort to forceful measures on their own accord without any logic, the act of violence is as good as a crime.
The protest met a lot of road blocks in most of the cities including Bangalore. The Facebook page with over 75,000 participants was blocked so that access could be restricted. Religious and political organizations called the protest unwarranted but if you really look into the ask, don’t you think it was just fair?
Whether I kiss or hug on the road, isn’t it my choice?
I am blogging from A to Z during April and the theme I have chosen is set on women. I am also a minion on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance along with Claire, Shalini and Rajlakshmi. Visit us, show us some love and don’t leave without sharing your thoughts.