June 23, 2017

Pained to know of moral policing by cops: Kerala DGP

23 February 2017, 12:55 | Simon Arnold

Pained to know of moral policing by cops: Kerala DGP

Moral policing incident

"In our country, we impose self-restraint on Public Display of Affection due to our culture and tradition, though there is no legal ban on PDA".

When "Express" contacted the Museum police, an officer said the couple were taken into custody as they did not reveal their identity.

The youngsters, who are not married, were questioned by police when they were sitting in the museum park in Thiruvananthapuram, for sitting "indecently" and doing something "vulgar".

State Police Chief Loknath Behera has ordered an inquiry into the alleged misbehaviour by two women police personnel towards a couple a day ago. Manoj Abraham IPS, IGP, Thiruvananthapuram Range. The youth, Vishnu Vichu, used his phone to live stream the entire episode on Facebook. Broadcasting everything live, he asked the cops to prove of any "vulgar" activity that they were doing.

The News Minute, that translated the entire video, reports one of the cops telling the couple that they would call their parents and then think of whether to marry them off or not, and that otherwise "such acts" were not allowed in public places. A "No" to their question was enough for them to start charging at the couple.

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Vishnu and Arathy also claimed that the officers lectured them on "good behaviour".

He went a step further and asked the police women if they saw the couple indulging in kissing or any obscene act. It is learnt Arathy had left her house earlier to live with Vishnu.

The women constables called their male colleagues who told the couple to come to the police station where they were fined Rs 200 for causing "public nuisance". When the couple went to the police station, their parents were summoned, who are said to have told that they did not want to interfere in the matter.

The DGP said, "the police is (sic) a law enforcement agency, it is not the moral keeper of society".

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