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The News Minute | November 15, 2014 | 2.53 pm IST Bengaluru police have denied permission to organizers of the Kiss of Love event in the city, saying that it will lead to a display of kissing in public, which is an “obscene act”. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Police Commissioner M N Reddi said that one of the organizers Rachita Taneja had sought permission to hold the event at Town Hall between 4 and 6 pm. Reddi said that she had said that she would not take responsibility for any untoward incident.  Reddi said that in the absence of any clear programme laid out by the organisers the police had decided that holding the event would lead to kissing in public, which was against the provisions of the IPC, and therefore permission would be denied. Read: Case registered against Muthalik for threatening 'Kiss of Love' organisers in Bengaluru The public face of the organizers of the Kiss of Love event in Bangalore has been one Rachita Taneja, who has spoken to the media. However on the Kiss of Love Bangalore Facebook page, a post on November 20 said that a new committee had been formed to take the protest forward. Read: 'Pramod Muthalik, I will give you a hug and a kiss as a brother', says activist Attempts to reach the organisers through Facebook have been met with assurances to respond as soon as possible. A response from the organisers is still awaited. The debate around the campaign has been met with whole-hearted support from some quarters and abuse, threats and sexually coloured remarks against the organisers from elsewhere.  Groups such as the Sri Rama Sene, Bajrang Dal and the Akhila Bharata Hindu Mahasabha have publicly said that they would not allow the event to be held that they would go to Bangalore if necessary to stop the event. A leader of the last group even went so far as to say that each person who helped to raid the event would be given Rs 1000 and a felicitation.

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