Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Valentine's Day marked with roses, arrests, celebrations

Bharat Hindu Front workers got a dog and a donkey married in protest to indicated their opposition to Valentine’s Day Bharat Hindu Front workers got a dog and a donkey married in protest to indicated their opposition to Valentine’s Day
Ellis Copeland | 15 February, 2018, 13:42

It had warned couples against visiting public areas and threatening to get them married. The police are trying to identify miscreants with the help of CCTV footage.

According to sources, the footfall in Taj registered a sharp increase on Wednesday despite warnings by a saffron outfit that it would "punish" the couples if they were found celebrating Valentine's Day.

Meanwhile, there were reports from Ahmedabad where Bajrang Dal members have been allegedly harassed couples at Sabarmati riverfront.

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The Hindu outfit has also approached the pubs and restaurants in Hyderabad, asking them to boycott Valentine's Day celebrations. "As announced by us [on Tuesday], the VHP and Bajrang Dal members today held protests at the riverfront", said Hemendra Trivedi, the VHP's media coordinator for North Gujarat.

The Sena had yesterday threatened to raid parks and malls in the city to stop couples from celebrating what's treated as a day of love dedicated to Valentine, a 3rd-century Roman saint. We only asked couples to leave. The protesters were however later detained by police.

For several years now, far-right groups have been protesting against the festival which they believe celebrates western values and violates Indian tradition. However, taking a step forward and making a complete fool of themselves, Bharat Hindu Front (BHF) workers organised the marriage of a dog and a donkey. "State government should give Rs 50,000 to 1 lakh to any couple who marry for love". However, in the wee hours on Wednesday, lovers gathered at the "Love Hyderabad" art installation on the Necklace Road and cut cakes bringing in Valentine's Day. "In this connection, students are notified that the university will be closed on February 14, 2018, for "Mahashivratri", said university advisory.

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