A couple was reportedly beaten up for hugging in a metro train in Kolkata on Monday. The incident triggered protests at Dum Dum metro station, wherein the protesters demanded the arrest of the culprits. According to reports, the couple was beaten up by some elderly people travelling in the metro.
Anandabazar Patrika reported that the incident followed a heated argument between the couple and the culprits. As the train reached the Dum Dum metro station, the couple was reportedly dragged out of the train to the platform and the mob started beating up the man.
— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2018
Following this, the woman intervened to save her partner and got beaten up by the angry mob. According to reports, some women and youth came to their rescue and made them escape.
The incident also triggered angry reactions on social media:
Couple beaten up in Kolkata Metro by a mob for hugging in public.
North South West or East,
Indian mobs behave like a beast.
— The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) May 1, 2018
— Nusrat Jahan Nayna (@NaynaNusrat) May 1, 2018
— Devlina Ganguly (@DevlinaGanguly) May 1, 2018
#KolkataMetro "makin luv in public, they hv nt got proper manners. Beat them.", the crowd consistin of respected ppl said. I wud ask them have u got manners of nt touchin a lady in improper way?? How dare u 2 touch her?? #Shameful #dumdum
— Piyali Chakraborty (@PiyaliC879898) May 1, 2018
So so ashamed and embarrassed by the #KolkataMetro episode in the city that I have loved all my life. Let the perpetrators not get away just because they were a part of the mob. Authorities should arrest and subject them to stringent punishments.
— Samidh Bhattacharyya (@sam2wit) May 1, 2018
A young couple embraced in Kolkata metro. It made a bunch of frustrated old losers angry. They beat them up. Scenes of hatred are allowed. Scenes of love are considered obscene. pic.twitter.com/Jv4zNaMDe8
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) May 1, 2018
Noted author Taslima Nasreen reacted to the incident saying, “Scenes of hatred are allowed, scenes of love are considered obscene”.
She tweeted, “A young couple embraced in Kolkata metro. It made a bunch of frustrated old losers angry. They beat them up. Scenes of hatred are allowed. Scenes of love are considered obscene.”
According to authorities, no complaint has been filed into the incident. However, reports quoted officials as saying that they were investigating the matter.