While women organisations and human rights body alleged that it was violation of rights, police claimed that the "drive is being undertaken taken to avoid complications like rape, murder or kidnapping of young girls".
The incident took place yesterday when the Jajpur police "caught" at least three couples, all college students, from a park at Jajpur town.
They were picked up and taken to a police station at Jajpur Town and ordered to kneel down outside the building. Their parents were later summoned to the police station.
However, the youngsters were freed after a warning. No case was registered in the matter.
"We caught the three pairs of girls and boys for kissing, cuddling and holding each others hands at the park. We brought them to the police station and warned them not repeat the act," said Alok Ranjan Roy, inspector-in-charge (IIC) of Jajpur town police station.
The police have launched a crackdown after a minor school girl was abducted and confined to an abandoned house for several hours by five youths on Sunday.
"The drive is being taken to avoid complications like rape, murder or kidnapping of young girls," Roy said.
"The couples have annoyed local people by such activities. Their public display of love has turned as discomfort for others," Roy said.
"We strongly condemned the act of the police in which they forced the girls and boys to kneel down in full public view. This is the violation of human rights. If they committed any crimes, they should have been forwarded to the court. Publicly kneeling them down is a reprehensible act," said Uday Sahu, Jajpur district secretary of All India Human Rights association.
When contacted, Jajpur Superintendent of Police, Deepak Kumar said, "the matter is being examined. If there is any instance of assault, appropriate action will be taken against the erring officials."
Indian police is inhuman.. They dont know difference between love and rape ..the problem lies in only one thing.. Governance lies with older people who cant connect with young india..
Why young people are kissing and cuddling in public. They should be punished..Human right activist should thank police for not charging any case.... police Hats of to you
What more can you can you expect from so called Indian Police, catch hold of some people, show that you are seriously working hard and thats it you are done.
On one extreme, the police in India are totally inactive and on the other extreme, they are overactive and highhanded. There is no middle path, it seems.
It is hard to understand how kissing and cuddling by young people is related to rape! I wish there was a crack-down on public unination, spitting and defecation...that to me is far more disgusting.
Final out come of these kissing and cuddling ends up in intercourse. When these people are caught or excess of bleeding comes songster will say it is copula ton by force or rape. Then our human right activists will despise out police. So it is better that police stopped them proceeding further in the act. We must thank the police instead of critisising
The recent trend of publicly kissing , or cuddling by youngesters is really annoying .These nonsense activities can be seen in Delhi - Metro Stations, Parks - Talkatora , Millienium & Markets. The Police is ridiculed whenever any reprensible act is done by those who sees such nonsense activitis & reacts with some brutal activiry , The human rights propogationist are the worst supporters of such activities . We should inculcate the Indian Values but we are hankering for Westren values which is causing such activities in the name of human rights or AZADI