According to reports, a couple was beaten for hugging on a subway train in Kolkata on Monday. The incident sparked protests at the Dum Dum subway station, demanding the arrest of the culprits. According to reports, the couple was beaten by some elderly people traveling in the subway.
The Anandabazar Patrika reported that the incident was triggered after a discussion between the couple and the culprits. When the train arrived at the Dum Dum subway station, the couple was dragged to the platform and began to hit the man.
— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2018
After this, the woman intervened to save her partner and was hit by the angry mob. According to reports, some women and young people came to their rescue and made them escape.
The incident also triggered angry reactions on social media:
Couple beaten up in Kolkata Metro by a mob for hugging in public.
North South West or East,
Indian mobs behave like a beast.
— The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) May 1, 2018
Pity about you #Kolkata. It’s a shame #KolkataMetro. It is ridiculous how expressing love and affection is a crime. Where, as annoyed, then society sleeps. # Protest #HumanRights #changemind
– Nusrat Jahan Nayna (@NaynaNusrat) May 1, 2018
No one hits an eyelid when women are disturbed. But couples are hit by hugging in public. Oh Kolkata! You made us hang our heads in shame #KolkataMetro pic.twitter.com/Nts8UzwbbF
– Devlina Ganguly (@DevlinaGanguly) May 1, 2018
#KolkataMetro "makin luv in public, they hv nt got proper manners. Beat them.", the crowd consistin of respected ppl said. I wud ask them have u got manners of nt touchin a lady in improper way?? How dare u 2 touch her?? #Shameful #dumdum
— Piyali Chakraborty (@PiyaliC879898) May 1, 2018
So so ashamed and embarrassed by the #KolkataMetro episode in the city that I have loved all my life. Let the perpetrators not get away just because they were a part of the mob. Authorities should arrest and subject them to stringent punishments.
— Samidh Bhattacharyya (@sam2wit) May 1, 2018
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
Well-known author Taslima Nasreen reacted to the incident by saying: “Hate scenes are allowed, scenes of love are considered obscene”.
She tweeted: “A young couple hugged in the Kolkata subway, made a group of frustrated old losers angry, they beat them, hate scenes are allowed, love scenes are considered obscene.”
According to the authorities, no complaints have been filed about the incident. However, the reports cited officials who said they were investigating the matter.