Vishnu and Arathy were sitting in a garden near Napier museum when they were interrogated by two women police constables. The police took them to the police station and informed their parents.
"I am pained to learn the complaint (though I have not received), about some police personnel (Vanitha Police), who reportedly misbehaved with a couple in the premises of the Museum, Thiruvananthapuram yesterday (21.02.2017)". The incident came to light when one among the victim, Vishnu who took the matter to social media by doing a live face book video.
The state police in Kerala has been accused of doing "moral policing" by a couple who made a Facebook Live of the incident.
The incident happened in Kerala on Tuesday, when a jolted couple facing moral policing, not by the extremist's groups but police, turned the situation upside down.
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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'.
Police had no other go other than to let off the couple when the incident became public and the father of the girl informing them that they have no objection to the couple going out. "Nobody has been given the right to manhandle and assault the public in any circumstance", he wrote in a Facebook post. This prompted Arathi to take visuals and stream it live on Facebook. Answered in the negative, they said they would not "endorse" such behaviour, she added. However, Vishnu claimed that he only had his arm around Arathy. "He called me a "bloody rascal" and asked us to cooperate", Vishnu was quoted as saying.
They were charged under IPC Section 290 (creating public nuisance) and set free on station bail after furnishing relevant documents. While many netizens have lashed out at the couple for reacting in the way they did, others have appreciated their style of reacting against moral policing.