Free to rape but prohibition on kissing: What "Indian culture" is according to few!
Members of the right-wing political group Hindu Sena, known for its "moral policing", are so infuriated by kiss of love protest in the capital that they have publicly threatened to rape the protest organisers!
Media reported that Hindu Sena members branded hundreds of students who took part in the kissing event as "un-Indian".
Members hurled insults at the protest organisers, publicly threatening to rape them.
"They would bring up their mothers and sisters and in the next minute threaten to f- me and my family," said Pankhuri Zaheer, a kissing protest organiser from Jawaharlal Nehru University's department of women's studies.
"I'm scared, of course, but there are a lot of people with me and there always will be," she told.
The students were protesting against strict moral codes that effectively ban public displays of affection.
Hindu Sena members who claimed that kissing in public was equivalent to "walking around naked". "This isn't progress," said one Hindu Sena member, Vishnu Gupta. "What should be promoted is Indian culture. Kama Sutra isn't what they think."
"If conservative elements can capture our public spaces and impose their diktat on us, we will do the same in retaliation" said one campaigner named Zareen.
"Our university spaces, parks and roads are not free any more. We live in an age where a Dalit (member of a lower caste traditionally regarded as untouchable) is hacked to 40 pieces because he fell in love with a woman from a higher caste. The Kiss of Love campaign is a defiance of moral policing and a struggle to uphold the spirit of love in all its forms and for everyone," she told.
Hundreds of couples, straight and gay, from several major university campuses defied the Hindu Sena and kissed publicly outside a Delhi metro station, protesting against moral policing.