Kiss of LOVE

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”?

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15 thoughts on “Kiss of LOVE

  1. Well, nothing is obscene in expressing love whether it is holding hand in public or hugging & smooching publicly. If I go to a park with my small kid and found a couple, supposedly boyfriend and girlfriend, having a passionate kiss and if my child asks about it, I’ll simply say “They are expressing their love to each other” and will kiss my child to show my love towards him. πŸ™‚

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  2. Ravish…what I feel is one is not wrong in showing love and care, be it anywhere….but one should not forget that a public place is a public place only not anyone’s personal bedroom….sorry no offence meant to anybody 😊

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    • Sorry! I don’t get you. Do you mean act like zombies in public place and show love only in personal bedroom? What do you mean by Public Place? What is it intended for? I don’t think Kissing in public place is gonna disturb any passerby.

      Well….. A mature person could understand that this discussion is not intended to offend anybody but to understand the matter in detail πŸ™‚

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  3. Hmmmm, above you said that “it is pretty obvious that they are going to hold hands, kiss and hug each other even in public and have some gala time.” and then the statement regarding the kiss in the park is don’t make it a cheap hotel so which way one should go?

    I could not understand the logic of kissing in public be it their honeymoon?

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    • See…..what I feel is, showing love and care in any form, be it holding hands, kissing or hugging, in any place should be ok…..but it should not cross the threshold and a lovely kissing thing moves on to the next level and gets vulgar for others….
      Here one can say…why care for others…but still we all live in a society as a whole (which consists of children, teens, adults and the elderly people) and not as individuals.
      And now that’s my personal view and others can differ from this.

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      • You are right everyone has their own thinking or it could be the society that we have given to youngsters or kids.

        Showing love in any form is fine even if it goes beyond kissing but the thing is it should not be in public. Its not only because we are living in the society, its because we need to take care of the society. If they think that kissing is open whomsoever is doing all this Kiss of Love arrangements, will they be able to do the same in front of their parents? If they can then they can kiss in public places if they can’t they should know their limits then. I am busy as of now with other stuff else would have told RSS the perfect way to tackle this. Take the example of anyone or ask any girl or guy you know in real, if they will be able to kiss in front of their parents or do something in front of their 10+ children and their views will change, hopefully.

        I strongly believe that friendship is fine, love is fine but physical relations be it in public or private is not fine without marriage. Because of this modern society only, no one is happy with their partner. Everyone is looking to get something more, even people who did the so called love marriage are loitering here and there after that. Was just watching Himmatwala, the movie is terrible though it has a very nice dialogue “Jaan aur ladki ki izzat ek baar chali gayee toh laut kar nahi aati” and the pity or the so called modernization of the society is such that even Girls don’t understand this. Everyone needs a bf or gf, wanna be in relation, and then when it comes to marriage then they need someone virgin so we can’t maintain the balance in society then the same way we can’t manage the ratio of female-male if we keep killing the baby girl.

        All are my personal views and again they might vary. For more read my blog post at neeraj.me, will surely write many things regarding this after my exams.

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