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NEW DELHI: ‘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 harassed couples at the city’s Sabarmati Riverfront, reported ANI.
Members of Bajrang Dal at Sabarmati Riverfront. (ANI Photo)
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.
Chennai: Bharat Hindu Front workers get a dog and a donkey married in protest against #ValentinesDay https://t.co/WeG407T3YX
— ANI (@ANI)
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.
Lucknow University closed its doors for students after issuing an advisory yesterday that students will not be allo… https://t.co/2OdccYbYei
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP)
(With inputs from agencies)