A couple in Kolkata were allegedly beaten up on Tuesday after they were seen hugging in the metro station, reports said.
The incident happened at the Dum Dum Metro Station when a young couple was thrashed by the elderly crowd in the metro, the two managed to escape after a group of youngsters came to the rescue.
Reports say that the couple had been standing in the senior citizen compartment because there was a lot of rush, because of which the boy had kept his hand on the girl's shoulder for protection. The two were initially verbally harassed by the crowd when finally the girl replied and the situation got worse.
However, as per reports, the metro authorities have denied any such happening, saying that did not spot anything in the CCTV cameras.
Noted author Taslima Nasreen reacted to the incident saying, “Scenes of hatred are allowed, scenes of love are considered obscene”.
She tweeted, “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.”
According to authorities, no complaint has been filed into the incident. However, reports quoted officials as saying that they were investigating the matter.
Kolkata: Protest staged outside Dum Dum metro station demanding the arrest of people who had reportedly beaten up a couple for hugging in the metro. #WestBengalpic.twitter.com/5IeP7HOlD2
The incident also triggered angry reactions on social media:
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
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.