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DGP orders inquiry into moral policing incident

DGP orders inquiry into moral policing incident

The duo were at a public park in Thiruvananthapuram at around 11 am when they were accosted by women constables, who asked them to come to the police station. Later, they were taken to a nearby police station and questioned by senior officers.

The incident came to light after Vishnu Vichu, the youth, who is alleged to have hugged and kissed the girl Arathy, posted a live video of the incident on his Facebook page.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had directed the state DGP to take strict action against the moral policing by his force a day after the incident in which a young couple was harassed by police.

Expressing dismay at the incident, he affirmed that no one had the right to 'disturb or harass any couple anywhere more so in public places'.

He added, "however, many people in the society do not support public display of affection in any public place and they normally call the police". This prompted Arathi to take visuals and stream it live on Facebook. And when the answer was in the negative, they told them that such behavior in public was vulgar. To this, they replied: "We are not trying to punish you; we would like to inform your parents".

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Soon, the video went viral, garnering over 65,000 views within six hours. It is learnt Arathy had left her house earlier to live with Vishnu.

As per the police, both were taken to the police station, as the couple had allegedly made some obscene gestures and a case has been registered against them.

Later, two male constables joined them and asked the couple to go to the police station.

The News Minute quoted Aarathy as saying, "When we said we were not married, they said that such vulgar behaviour was not permitted in the premises of the museum".

They said, they were told by police that they were doing something "immoral".

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