‘Kiss of Love’ protest leader Rahul Pasupalan and his wife Reshmi R Nair were among eight arrested in Kochi late on Tuesday on charges of running an online sex racket.
‘Kiss of Love’ was a non-violent protest against moral policing which started in Kerala in November 2014 and later spread to other parts of India, including Delhi and Kolkata.
The couple was arrested after the police received a tip off that they were helping a group involved in supplying minor children to pedophiles.
The cyber cell of state police registered an FIR after a Facebook page called Kochu Sundarikal surfaced carrying pictures of school girls. Among the arrested were a notorious gangster Ali Akbar, allegedly involved in many sex-trafficking cases, and two girls from Bengaluru (formerly known as Bangalore).
Pasupalan and his wife were in the forefront of ‘Kiss of love’ drive in Kochi last year. The campaign, which used kissing as a form of protest, was severely criticised by Hindu right-wing parties, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Sena.