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    Posted December 1, 2014 by
    meeravijayan
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    Bangalore
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Protests around the world

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    The dark side of India’s Kiss of Love protests against moral policing

     
    In India, moral policing is on the rise, more than ever before. Now, the Kiss of Love protests are a series of non-violent protests held by youth in several major cities to fight moral policing and harassment by the police and right-wing political groups here in India. It first started out in the State of Kerala and the movement soon gained national momentum spreading across five other cities. So when I saw that there was a campaign to host a Kiss of Love protest here in Bangalore, I decided I wanted to be a part of it and I wrote on their Facebook page.

    No sooner than I wrote a comment on the page did I receive a series of unwanted messages from men writing to me, sending me inappropriate messages including threats. A lot of commentators on also pointed out that I was a girl, threatened me and went on to shame me publicly on the forum for saying that girls shouldn’t be allowed to attend such shameful protests, and that I was letting down Indian cultural norms. The protest organisers also came under a lot of threats on digital media and they had to cancel the event until a later date because of this.

    Personally, it is scary to think that when it comes to moral policing, there are so many young people who openly threaten, bully and shame young women for expressing themselves and don’t get caught. The government is absolutely silent on this issue and has remained passive. What scarier for me is that it is easy for this to lead to a society that is authoritarian where citizens have no room to express ourselves and have to abide by rules rather than by universal values.
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