Bengaluru: As it raised a storm of protest, the proposed "Kiss of Love" event here on November 30 has been denied permission by police, saying it would lead to public display of affection and other obscene act barred under law.
The planned event against moral policing had earned opprobrium from all political parties in the state who found it unacceptable, besides raising the hackles of right-wing organisations which have threatened to counter it.
"...We have come to the conclusion that if we permit this particular programme, it will lead to public display of kissing and such other obscene act as defined under sec 294 of the IPC," Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi said.
He said Sec 294 of IPC bars any obscene act in public places, and prevention of any cognisable offence under IPC or any other law imposed is the fundamental responsibility of the state police under the Karnataka Police Act.
"In keeping with the responsibility that rests upon us as per the KP Act we have decided to deny the applicant the permission to hold any such programme called Kiss of Love."
Several leaders from ruling Congress, BJP and other parties were on the same page giving thumbs down to the event, saying moral policing should be fought in a different way and not through public display of acts which could be obscene.
Home Minister KJ George had said earlier, "obscenity in the name of protests will not be tolerated" but protesters were free to hold demonstrations within the constitutional framework.
Karnataka State Women's Commission Chairperson Manjula Manasa had asked the Home Department not to permit the "uncivilised" event which was also contrary to our culture.
"We have examined the application very carefully as there is a background to this programme called Kiss of Love....;" Reddi said, adding there was the absence of any clear programme laid out by the individual who has applied (for permission).