'Kiss of Love' protest spreads to more cities

Scores of activists gathered near the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) offices in Delhi, to support the earlier Kiss of Love movement in Kerala, as many including women from mainly Left-leaning students organisations, proceeded to lock lips as a few hundred curious onlookers gathered around to watch the unconventional protest against moral policing. The student groups were made up of the All India Students' Association, the Students Federation of India, and the All India Students' Federation. The kissing fest saw both gay and straight kissing and hugging. Some 70 participants were detained but were let off shortly after. They also formed a human chain on the road and blocked traffic. As the word spread about the demonstration, some Hindu groups including the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the youth wing of the RSS, aka Hindu Sena, arrived waving banners and accused the Love fest organisers of defying Indian culture by kissing publicly with the intention of corrupting young minds and to indulge in immoral activities. 'Shame', they said, 'on the organisations and individuals who think of themselves as moral police but are forcing their version of Western morality on the common people'. The Kiss of Love protest first started in Kochi last week and a similar protest was organised in Kolkata as symbolic resistance to the rising moral policing in the states.