'Moral Policing' Much? Kolkata Couple Gets Beaten For Standing Too Close In Metro

'Moral Policing' Much? Kolkata Couple Gets Beaten For Standing Too Close In Metro

A young couple travelling on the Kolkata Metro was reportedly harassed and thrashed by their co-passengers for standing too close to each other. 

Some elderly passengers objected to their intimacy in public, which led to a heated argument. 

As reports suggest, the young couple was then bombarded with embarrassing questions followed by punches, kicks and slaps inside a station once they deboarded the train.

Kolkata Metro Railway CPRO Indrani Banerjee said, "Unfortunately, no complaint has been lodged as yet and this makes it very difficult to conduct an inquiry." She also added that Metro is "against moral policing."

She claimed that the CCTV footage in the station did not record any incident of an assault but the videos of thrashing shot by eyewitnesses have been going viral since the incident.

The incident happened on Monday night and later on Tuesday, protests were held outside the Dum Dum Metro station against the incident. "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," writer Tasleema Nasreen tweeted.

While Metro officials initially confirmed that they are against moral policing in a Facebook post, they later changed their own statement.  

Initial statement:

Dear commuters, we are trying to enquire into an incident which has allegedly taken place y'day at Dumdum Metro stn. No...

Posted by Metro Railway, Kolkata on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Later statement:

dum dum kolkata metro statement on moral policing

Image Source: Facebook

Youngsters offered 'free hugs' to people outside Dum Dum Metro station in north Kolkata on Wednesday as a sign of protest against people who had reportedly beaten up the couple for hugging in the metro. Protesters say, "Hugging is not something visually perverted, it's a sign of affection."

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