In a bizarre and shameful incident of moral policing and mob (in)justice, two youngsters from Kolkata were beaten up by a group of fellow travellers for apparent public indecency. And now, in their own kind of protest the youth is showing what they believe in by giving out free hugs in Kolkata!
A young couple being assaulted for ‘standing too close to each other’ is something you would never want to hear of, let alone in a city as urbane and progressive as Kolkata. Yet sometimes, such incidents do end up happening but by offering free hugs in Kolkata, these young rebels are making sure that this does not set a precedent, and never turns into a norm in their beloved city.
Not letting fear or such regressive mindsets dictate the lives of the people of Kolkata, these youngsters took charge of the situation, gathering outside Tollygunge Metro station, giving free hugs to people. Letting their voices be heard and spreading love, they also made it clear to the miscreants from Wednesday’s unfortunate incident that hatred has no place in Kolkata and will not be tolerated.
As soon as news broke out, and news publishers began reporting the protest about the youth giving away free hugs in Kolkata, Twitter users applauded their peaceful yet strong statement.
In the middle of a violent Kolkata, some youngsters are offering 'free hugs' to people outside Dum Dum metro station to protest against people who had beaten up a couple for hugging in the metro.
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— Qween of WinterHell (@QweenOfHells) May 3, 2018
After A Couple Was Beaten Up For Hugging In Kolkata Metro, Youngsters Give Free Hugs At Station https://t.co/XgX1c1Lagl
— Yash Saraf (@yashdcute) May 3, 2018
Armed with posters and hugs, these young guns brought about a breath of freshness and positivity that has been absent from the news lately as all we here are incidents of nagativity, hatred and violence.
— Harshula (@Harshula_) May 2, 2018
Kolkata fights back! Citizens protest metro 'moral policing', offer free hugs https://t.co/miMyKDUGuq
— deepak bisth (@dbisth) May 3, 2018
KOLKATA, IN OUR CITY OF JOY FREE HUGS GOING ON….
LOVELY TO SEE pic.twitter.com/sV6LNroBjk
— RAJ RAHAMAN (@RAJRAHAMAN13) May 3, 2018
After A Couple Was Beaten Up For Hugging In Kolkata Metro, Youngsters Give Free Hugs At Station https://t.co/2nb1DTCz0a
— Dev Danodia (@devdanodia) May 3, 2018
— Maj Gen Nilendra Kumar (@NilendraKumar2) May 3, 2018
Considering how crowded metro cars get, it is a wonder that they were beaten for being too close/hugging for keeping each other safe? WTF? Dum Dum is aptly named!!!⚡️ “Free hugs in Kolkata after couple was abused for 'standing too close'”https://t.co/c6TspIj7R0
— Steve R Focosi (@sircef69) May 3, 2018
— Paulami Roy (@Paulamiroy) May 3, 2018
"Hug is just a sign of affection", said the boy while offering 'free hugs' to people in Kolkata on Wednesday. It was part of a protest against the people who had reportedly beaten up a couple for hugging in the metro. #kolkatametro #kolkata #hugsinametro #hug
kolkata metro pic.twitter.com/nsVUYtcldl
— The বং Guy (@iamroysunny) May 2, 2018
Way to go Kolkata.