What is “kiss of love”?
As per Wikipedia “Kiss of Love protest is a non-violent protest against moral policing in Kerala. The movement began when a Facebook page called ‘Kiss of love’ asked the youth across Kerala to participate in a protest against moral policing on November 2 at Marine Drive, Cochin.”
India is a vast country with so many tourists destinations and also honeymoon destinations. Imagine a newly married couple going on their honeymoon to enjoy, the calm and peaceful backwaters of Kerala or the hill stations of Shimla or Darjeeling or to the beaches of Goa, would the moral police go behind them and stop them from hugging, kissing and holding hands.
If someone is going on honeymoon or on a vacation either with family or with friends, it is pretty obvious that they are going to hold hands, kiss and hug each other even in public and have some gala time. If moral police will go after them and beat them or humiliate them, then why would people plan their vacations to such places. Few years back I read somewhere about moral policing in Darjeeling and stopping people from public display of affection (PDA). I mean how can you do so, after all its a honeymoon destination.
Now coming to PDA in general, I think this holding hands, hugging and kissing is nowadays very casual for the young generation, it is like their way of life. I don’t think there is anything like obscene in this. Now imagine this scenario, you go to a park with your small kid and you see a couple, supposedly boyfriend and girlfriend, having a passionate kiss. Would you approve of it? If your child asks about it, what would you tell him? In this case I am against it. I mean, PDA to some level is acceptable but please don’t make it a cheap hotel.
This kiss of love protest is getting a strong opposition from many religious and political groups. This protest is gaining momentum and spreading to many parts of the country. As per the opposing groups, kiss of love or the public display of affection is against the moral ethics of our country and is also against the law under the section 294 of the Indian Penal Code.
What is section 294 of IPC?
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. As per verdicts given by the Supreme court of India and also Delhi High court, hugging or kissing in public is not a criminal offence, if it is consensual.
I think the time has come to clarify the section 294 of IPC and describe the word “obscene” clearly and it should be done considering the current situation and the young generation. What do you think about “Kiss of LOVE”?