Kochi: In an act of moral policing, a group of Shiv Sena activists on Wednesday allegedly chased away young men and women who were sitting in the Marine Drive area.
Police said five activists of the Shiv Sena have been taken into custody in connection with the incident which came in for condemnation from both the ruling CPM and opposition Congress.
Malayalam TV news channels aired video footage showing a group of marching Shiv Sena activists, wielding sticks and chasing away the young men and women from Marine Drive, a tourist spot. The incident occurred allegedly in the presence of police. The young men and women were seen running away as they were confronted by the Shiv Sena activists.
Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain condemned the incident and asked the police to take strong action against the accused.
"It is sad that young men and women were targeted on International Women's Day. I strongly condemn it. I have asked the police to register a case against the culprits under the sections dealing with violence against women," she told PTI.
Condemning the incident, Congress MLA P T Thomas said the issue will be raised in the state Assembly tomorrow.
"We cannot agree with this kind of moral policing. Unfortunately, police personnel were seen standing as mute spectators when the women and men were being chased away by the hooligans on International Women's Day. The culprits should be arrested immediately," he said.
India Today uploaded a video on Youtube in which Shiv Sena workers are seen threatening couples in presence of police. The workers are seen driving away couples sitting together at Marine drive.
The issue has been taken up by the 'Kiss of Love' campaigners and they have planned a protest against the incident.
CPM MLA M Swaraj said such incidents of moral policing will not be tolerated in Kerala.
Swaraj, who is also a DYFI leader, said the activists of the outfit held a protest march at Marine Drive following the incident.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 11:17:25 IST