New Delhi, February 14: Fringe groups Bajrang Dal and Hindu Mahasabha have threatened to marry off any couple who is found on the street on Valentine’s Day today. The Bajrang Dal outfit undertook a rally in Nagpur protesting celebration of Valentine’s Day.
“Agar unhe Valentine Day manane ka haq hai toh humein apni sanskriti bachaane ka bhi haq hai (If they have right to celebrate Valentine’s Day, then we have right to protect our culture). If we find any couple on the street that day, we will get them married,” Bajrang Dal said.
The Bajrang Dal had put up posters in Ahmedabad with messages like ‘Say no to Valentine’s Day’ and ‘Love Jihad: Hindu girls beware’.
The group also threatened some pubs and clubs in Hyderabad to not host any special event to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
In Chandigarh, police has made special arrangements to maintain law and order in the city. “Approximately 900 police personnel from police stations, different wings, IRB (India Reserve Batallion) and PCR have been deployed for law and order duties that will include six DSPs and 24 inspectors/SHOs,” police spokesperson said.
The maximum police force will be deployed nearby girls hostels, colleges and Panjab University, busy markets and shopping malls.
In Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu based fringe Hindu outfit Hindu Makkal Katchi wanted the district administration to ban Valentine’s Day celebrations saying such celebrations are against the culture and tradition of India.
Even the universities are not far behind in issuing a diktat on Valentine’s Day celebrations. The Lucknow University (LU) has warned of disciplinary action against students found “sitting or roaming” on its campus on the Valentine’s Day, when the varsity has announced a holiday on account of Mahashivratri festival.
An ‘advisory’ issued by LU Proctor Vinod Singh also urged the parents no to send their wards to the university on February 14. “It has been seen in the past years that some students, influenced by western culture, celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14,” it said.
“We want to inform all students of the university that both the campuses of the university will remain closed on account of Mahashivratri and no extra classes, practicals cultural programme will be held,” the advisory said.
“We all appeal the parents of the students no to send their wards to the university. Disciplinary action will be taken against those found sitting or roaming on the campus,” Singh said in the advisory dated February 10.
With inputs from Agencies