Kolkata, a city which boasts of culture and liberalism responded to an incident of moral policing when a young Couple was thrashed for “vulgarity” in Dumdum Metro Station. Reportedly, the senior citizens were agitated seeing the couple hugging each other in Metro and the snapshot capturing mob violence to hit the couple went viral in social media.
In direct response to such Khap Panchayat sort of behavior, Kolkata people started protesting outside the Tollygunge Metro Station with #HokAlingan (Let there be hugging) placards.
Enough said, enough taught Enough done, enough fought. Now it is time to annoy the so-called flag-bearers of our society like they irk us. P.s- I don't have any amorous interest to hug it out and protest, so I chose the three best people of my life whom I hug every now and then; go on, beat the ass out of me, if you DARE! #hokalingon #protest #enoughsaid #notenough #liberty #freewill #freechoice #notjustacontroversy #postyourprotestwithawarmhug #metroquestion #haha #kolkatametro #kolkata #patriarchy #india #thegloriousrepression #rape #molestation #evilhugs
Meanwhile, discussions are going on regarding the incident altogether. No doubt there are some discrepancies in the sequences of events. First and foremost, no eyewitness has come up with the version of the incident. Secondly, the whole issue of moral policing has taken a generalized context and some media are singling out senior citizens for such indecency or mob violence.
Youngsters offered 'free hugs' to people outside Tollygunge metro station here in Kolkata, as a mark of protest against people who had reportedly beaten up a couple for hugging in the metro. #kolkata #metro #hughitohhaiyaar #hokalingon #hugsinametro #hugs #kolkatametro #nomoralpolice #cityofjoy
There are discussions too regarding a possible demarcation between freedom of expression and obscenity. Whether the action or body language of the couple on that specific day crossed the so-called limit of obscenity is a difficult question to address.
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
In between, some people are tagging wrong Facebook profiles as culprits of the incident which is indeed shameful and within the purview of a serious offense. Yesterday, a popular RJ came up with her version of the story and ended up creating unwanted controversy. Later she deleted the video and apologized for falsehood and unwanted sensationalism.
And this one is mine, not the last one ♥️ #Repost @scoopwhoop (@get_repost) ・・・ When did loving each other become a crime? Kolkata comes out in support of the couple who was beaten up in a metro for hugging. From giving out free hugs to embracing strangers, the citizens spread the message of love in the time of hate. #freehugs #kolkatahugs #hugs #HugProtest #kolkatametro
There is no denying the fact that generation gap is something which can be easily realized in both urban and rural domain of life. But the case of moral policing is indeed a direct threat to democracy and a big roadblock to freedom of expression.
The Metro Railway authority is also responsible for allowing such mob violence in the premises and giving an irrational and stupid comment on the incident. No doubt, there is an urgent need for all stakeholders to show restraint and behave soberly in public sphere of life.
A Couple beaten for standing close in Kolkata Metro. If same would’ve happened in a BJP state. Our Media & Intellectuals would link incident with Beef like they linked beef with Junaid Khan lynching, who killed in train over fight for seat & Media said He killed due to Beef rumor
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) May 1, 2018