Nearly four weeks later, hundreds of students and others have turned out for Kiss of Love protests in five cities across India. Some demonstrated for their right to express their love. Others called for equality on college campuses. But they all have one thing in common: putting up a front against the growing tide of moral policing.
Last week, students at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad came out to protest after the administration said that all men in the hostels werethreats to the female students. Demanding gender sensitisation for the authorities, the students cross-dressed to demand gender equality.
Here are pictures of these protests from around the country:
Cross-dressing protest at EFLU, Hyderabad Photo: Anshu Aggarwal
Cross-dressing protest at EFLU, Hyderabad Photo: Anshu Aggarwal.
JNU's Kiss of Love protest, Delhi. Photo: @vikaskumarvikas on Instagram
Kiss of Love protest in Delhi. Photo: @ggiittiikkaa on Twitter
Kiss of Love solidarity protest at IIT Mumbai
Kiss of Love protest in Kochi. Photo: @chinafiles on Twitter