Despite diktats, Srinagar youths keep tryst with St Valentine
Though the activists of the Dukhtaran-e-Milat a few days back
visited some stationary shops in and around the city centre of Lal
Chowk ahead of the Valentine's Day to ensure that the Valentine
greeting cards were withdrawn from the sale windows, many youths
defied the hardline group's
Hyderabad: Protests by
Hindu groups and a campaign to educate the youth by some Muslim
organisations marked Valentine's Day in Andhra Pradesh Tuesday, as
many joined the celebration of love.
Activists of various right-wing outfits took out rallies, chased
and warned lovers at parks and public places abuzz with
Wearing saffron-colour bands on their foreheads and wielding
canes, activists claiming to be members of the Bajrang Dal, the
Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Hindu Vahini, the Sri Ram Sene, the
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and others disrupted the
celebrations in various districts.
The outfits claimed to have forcibly "married" a few couples at
Moinabad and Gandipet on the outskirts of Hyderabad, at Warangal,
Anantapur and Nizamabad districts.
Bajrang Dal leaders alleged that police arrested many of their
activists. The outfit's Hyderabad city unit president Bharat
Vamshi condemned the arrests. He said they were protesting against
the Valentine's Day as it was against the Indian culture.
The activists caught hold of lovers in parks and other tourist
spots. They detained the boys and girls and left them off only
after they promised to desist from participating in such
celebrations in future.
The ABVP took out a rally from Nizam College in Hyderabad to
protest against the Valentine's Day celebrations. The women's wing
of the BJP also staged a protest and burnt effigy of western
The Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), the Muslim Girls
Association and some other Muslim organisations in Hyderabad ran a
campaign to educate youth against blindly following the western
The SIO observed the day as "chastity day" and tried to educate
people, irrespective of their religion, on the dangers of blindly
aping the west.
Standing at few public places, the members of city unit of SIO
displayed placards carrying slogan "Chastity is priceless" and
"Let's struggle for cultural independence".
The Muslim Girls Association said it had been running a campaign
in the city for the last few days, cautioning youth against the
pitfalls of imitating the west.