COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore police instead of taking criminal action against the organisers of the Kiss of Love event and the administrators of the related page of Facebook, have now decided to offer counselling session to them.
Confirming this to Express, the Cyber Crime Cell police inspector, S Muthumalai, said they had told the organizers that they would have to seek permission from the police if they are to conduct any such event. Earlier, two organisers of the proposed ‘Kiss of Love’ campaign have been reportedly brought into the questioning ring by the police here.
Sources said the organizers were summoned for interrogation by police to know the motive and the means of the campaign. Ever since a rumour surfaced announcing the date of the protests, which spread like wildfire through mobile applications, the police began hounding the activists and warned that criminal action would be taken against them.
Investigators said that the administrators of the group had been tracked, rather accidentally, after one of their friends was called for an inquiry in a different case.
The friend of the activists, also an active member of the protest group, had his personal e-mail account accessed by police, who learnt about his connection to the protest group. Police told Express that a case would be registered once the commissioner gives his nod.
The organisers have maintained that there was nothing unlawful about the protests. Recently, they had posted on Facebook that there would be “no kissing” acts like it happened during the event in other places. The post goes onto state that there would only be human chain protest. Civil society members talking to Express also reiterated that if an FIR were to be registered against the protestors, it would tantamount to “criminalising a non-existent protest.” They have termed the police action as “disgraceful.”