To stop people from celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, a group did something bizarre. This most shocking news came from Chennai where Bharat Hindu Front workers got a dog and a donkey married in protest to indicated their opposition to Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile, Bajrang Dal on Wednesday issued a warning to couples on Valentine’s Day. The Hindu outfit has warned that couples found celebrating this ‘alien’ festival in public, will be married off with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, in Ahmedabad, Bajrang Dal members harassed couples at the Sabarmati Riverfront. They were seen scaring away couples with a saffron wooden stick. The fringe group had claimed that if the people have right to celebrate Valentine’s Day then the group has a right to protect their heritage.
Elsewhere, Lucknow University has declared February 14 a holiday. “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.
The varsity had also issued a circular ordering student not to go around inside its premises on Valentine’s Day. The circular which was dated, February 10 said that disciplinary action will be taken against those who violate the order.
The members of the Bajrang Dal have been opposing Valentine’s Day for many years claiming it to be a foreign festival. Recently, the fringe group took out an awareness rally in Nagpur and warned couples of consequences if they are seen outside on February 14.
Also, in another bizarre case, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike organised the marriage of two sheep in Bengaluru as a mark of support for Valentine’s Day. Vatal Nagaraj, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike said,”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 govt should give Rs 50,000 to 1 lakh to any couple who marry for love.”