February 14, 2018
‘Moral police’ turned out in full force in parts of India against the celebration of Valentine’s Day on Wednesday.
In Ahmedabad, self-proclaimed ‘moral police’ chased couples, reported Times Now. Members of the Bajrang Dal – a militant group that’s part of the RSS family – harassed couples at the city’s Sabarmati Riverfront, reported ANI.
They were later detained. The outfit also staged protests against Valentine’s Day in Hyderabad.
The right-wing group had yesterday also taken out a rally against Valentine’s Day in Nagpur. It had warned couples against visiting public areas, threatening to get them married.
“If they have the right to celebrate Valentine’s Day+ , we have the right to protect our heritage,” they had claimed.
In Chennai, workers of the Bharat Hindu Front solemnised “marriage” between a dog and a donkey as a mark of protest.
On Tuesday, Lucknow University had declared February 14 a holiday – not for Valentine’s Day, but for ‘Mahashivratri’.
“In recent years, we have observed that students, influenced by western culture, celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. In this connection, students are notified that the university will be closed on February 14, 2018, for ‘Mahashivratri’,” said the university advisory, according to ANI, which obtained a copy of the document.
It also barred students from coming to campus on the day.
True to its word, the university ensured its doors remain closed today.
A group in Bengaluru also decided to get animals ‘married’ – this time, in favour of Valentine’s Day.
The Karnataka Rakshana Vedike organised the ‘marriage’ of two sheep and also urged the state government to provide Rs 50,000-one lakh to couples who marry for love.
“We should not object to Valentine’s Day because love does not have any community or caste. Central government should declare one-day holiday for love. State government should give Rs 50,000 to 1 lakh to any couple who marry for love,” said member Vatal Nagaraj.
Source: Times of India