- The couple were questioned and fined at a public park
- The police accused them of "vulgarity" in public
- The couple streamed a video of the incident live on Facebook
Around 11 am on Tuesday, Vishnu and Arathy were at a public park in state capital Thiruvananthapuram when a couple of women constables came and asked them to come to the police station. They accused the couple of indulging in "vulgur actions in public space".
But 24-year-old Vishnu started questioning the police Live on Facebook in the park. "Tell us what vulgur activity have we committed? Did we kiss? There are cameras here. Did we hug each other? You can't harass us just because we have our arm on the other's shoulder," he was heard saying.
The police women called two of their male counterparts, who took the couple to the police station, where they were fined Rs 200 for committing "public nuisance".
Refusing to see this as an instance of "moral-policing", a senior police officer told NDTV, "The police acted based on the complaint received at the police station, not suo-motto. This is more of a cultural issue which some sections of the public haven't come to terms with."
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