A day after some Shiv Sena activists threatened and manhandled couples sitting at the Marine Drive in Kochi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has termed the incident an 'insult' to Kerala.
Speaking in the Kerala Assembly, CM Vijayan said, "Action has been taken against police for their inaction during the incident. While Ernakulam Central SI has been suspended pending an investigation into the matter, nine other cops have been suspended."
Activists and locals will participate in the "Kiss of Love" protest at the Marine Drive from 4 pm today.
NO FORM OF MORAL POLICING WILL BE ALLOWED: CM
Vijayan said, "No form of moral policing will be allowed in the state. Police lathis must rise against such people."
The chief minister added, "A handicapped mindset that exists as part of a patriarchal society is behind such moral policing. The notion among men that women must stay at home behind closed doors is what is encouraging such crimes."
There is a growing tendency to suppress women, driven with a mentality that, unlike men, they have no freedom, rights or power.
"When men and women work together in a public space, travel together in a car or sit in a room and talk or eat together at a restaurant, attacking couples only reflects a handicapped mentality. Such people are trying to push women back to the eighteenth century", Vijayan said.