Moral policing in Kerala

Eyewitnesses said members of the Shiv Sena beat up unmarried couples Cochin’s promenade as police watched.

The incident has caused outrage, prompting politicians to protest in the state assembly on Thursday.

A police inspector has been suspended and six other officers have been transferred out of Kerala state.

The Shiv Sena has previously attacked Valentine’s Day celebrations in India and says that young couples “flaunting” their relationships is “totally contrary to Indian culture”.

The cane-wielding Shiv Sena members had arrived on Marine Drive promenade with a banner warning against “love under the umbrella” after informing the media of their intentions.