The Kochi police knew that activists of Shiv Sena planned to assault couples at Marine drive on Wednesday but did not do anything. The same was confirmed on Thursday when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan admitted lapsing on part of police. The chief minister asking if 'Shiv Sena was hired by opposition to cause unrest', led to chaos in the assembly. Meanwhile, the Kochi police commissioner suspended a sub-inspector who, along with his staff, refused to take any action on Wednesday when thugs in the guise of moral police went about assaulting citizens.
Videos from Kochi's Marine Drive show how the police refused to act when men and women were being assaulted but later took members of the Sena into custody as if it were an eyewash. With incidents of moral policing on the rise, activists in Kerala have demanded the revival of 'Kiss of Love' campaign. What came as a shocker for most, is how the Kochi police did not stop the Sena members from indulging in violence despite knowing beforehand that the organisation planned to target couples.
Sena members had taken to social media on Tuesday to announce their intentions. Less than 20 members of Sena went about thrashing people as police remained mute spectators. Deeming their violent actions as an attempt to end sexual violence against women and the culture of 'romancing under the umbrella', members of the Sena indulged in moral policing. Instead of being deterred by the presence of cameras and policemen, activists went about assaulting people. T Devan, Kunjumon, Ratheesh, Vineesh, Lenin and Liju, all members of the Ernakulam unit of Sena were later taken into custody.