Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Police on Wednesday arrested eight people, including “Kiss of Love” campaign organizer Rahul Pashupalan and his wife Resmi R Nair, over their alleged involvement in running online sex rackets across Kerala.
The “Kiss of Love” campaign had raised a strong voice against the agents of moral policing.Resmi is a model at Playboy Miss Social.
The movement was started after a mob of attackers demolished a coffee shop in North Kerala’s Kozhikode city on the ground of condemning “alleged immoral activity” of public display of affection by few couples.
It triggered the birth of a movement which soon spread across other metropolitan cities. Reports claim that three others, including a man and two women, escaped in a car during the raid. It is said that the gang also injured some policemen when they were arresting Resmi.
The protests went peacefully after they were organized for the first time in Marine Drive, Kochi. Later the same protests were held in Kozhikode. Outside Kerala, the protests gained support in Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore, with right-wing activist groups like VHP opposing the protests.
The idea of ‘Kiss of Love’ campaign came into being after BJP Yuva Morcha groups vandalized a coffee shop in Kozhikode after some couples at the shop displayed a public show of affection. The protesting groups were against the propagation of ‘western culture’ involved in kissing and dating among Indian masses.
The protest saw a lot of opposition from political groups like Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, SDPI, Vishva Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Sena.