Kissing Protest against Moral Policing in India

An Indian youth group organized a mass kissing called “Kiss of Love” to protest “moral policing” harassment by Hindu nationalist BJP party youth group in Kerala who said kissing in public violates Indian culture and morality. A protester said, “We need to claim our space.” The Facebook page with a photo of two of the organizers kissing in a police van hauling them away from the demonstration attracted over 75,000 likes. They were a young man and woman but women also kissed women in the protests. Some young BJP people held counter-demonstrations with their mouths covered with black cloth. The November 2014 “kiss of love” spread to other parts of India.


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