Public display of affection not illegal, says Kerala DGP after moral policing by constables

The State DGP Loknath Behera said on Wednesday that he wish "it had not happened" and public display of affection is definitely not illegal

Public display of affection not illegal, says Kerala DGP after moral policing by constables

Kerala Police has been left helpless when moral policing by their two police constables has gone viral when the couple themselves live streamed the event. The State DGP Loknath Behera said on Wednesday that he wish "it had not happened" and public display of affection is definitely not illegal. The couple who were targeted had some very tough questions but instead of listening to them the police forced them to pay a fine for doing "vulgar" things in public.


"As the state police chief, I have ordered an inquiry," NDTV quoted Behera, state DGP as saying. "No one has the right to disturb or harass any couple anywhere, more so in public places. 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."

On the other hand, Vishnu SS and Aarathy SA, the couple in question, said they had not done anything vulgar.

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"We were sitting in the park and his arm was around my shoulder," said Aarathy as per NDTV reports. She also said that the constables asked them whether they were married or not. When answered in the negative, the police said they would not "endorse" such behaviour.

Vishnu, while clarifying on why they decided to make the matter public, said: "Right from the start they were accusing us of being vulgar. When asked about what vulgarism we are showing, they called someone on phone and said we are kissing. So I was forced to go live on Facebook."

"Having someone's arm on my shoulder is not wrong. Booking people for as small a reason as this has to stop," added Aarathy.

Vishnu's live streamed video about the incident stirred a huge uproar on Facebook, Incidents of moral policing and harassment of people have been reported widely in the state, but most of them done by local people. Police allegedly failed to take necessary actions in the reported incidents.