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The News Minute | January 23, 2015 | 6.20 pm IST The repercussions of Kerala’s revolutionary strike the Kiss of Love (KOL) is not yet over. For last few days Kerala media has been talking about Deedi Damodharan, a Malayalam movie script writer and faculty in the Applied Media School in Kozhikode, under the Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD), who has received a letter from authorities seeking an explanation for participating in the Kiss of Love protest along with her husband. Deedi's picture kissing her husband had created furore among parents. Deedi, 46, and her husband of 24 years had participated in the event to show their protest against moral policing. The college in which she taught received a letter from a parent which said that her participation proved that she was a poor role model for the students. The college asked Deedi to explain her action. Earlier, in November 2014, M Sulfath, a social activist and teacher from Kannur had also faced the wrath of school authorities for supporting the Kiss Of Love. Posters had appeared on walls of the school in which she works, in a Kerala village, calling her an “immoral” woman who “had affairs”.  Sulfath then was at the receiving end of serious resentment from school authorities, parents, and students. However, the school later decided to withdraw all action against her when it became a controversy. Meanwhile news about a participant who had participated in the Kiss of Love event had gone viral alleging she was a sex worker and that she and her mother were earlier caught by the police for being part of a sex racket. Diya Sana, a dubbing artist from Kochi, who became the target of a lot of online abuse, especially on Whatsapp, was later forced to tell her side of the story. She said that she had participated in the event because she had felt that it was slavery to live under a particular group of people’s wishes. She had even got her mother’s permission, she said. Being a widowed Muslim made people ask if it was proper for her to take part in such an event. A post, with the water mark of a prominent news channel, saying Diya was arrested from a hotel had become viral in social media few weeks ago. Later the news channel confirmed that they had never reported any such arrest, and someone had done it purposely to defame Diya Sana. Tweet
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