The editorial was inspired by two ‘honour killings’ over love marriages in Mandya and Bellary. The editorial -titled ‘Maheshwari, Shilpa, Srinivas and us’ said, “Our cinema is full of love stories. Lovers are projected as heroes and parents, who oppose such relationships, are painted as villains.”
He also blamed co-ed campuses for the “problem” of boys and girls falling in love. “The natural distance that should be kept between them is reducing. The first mistake was to allow boys and girls to study together,” he said.
The piece found support from Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik. “Of course, cinema and co-ed campuses encourage bad behaviour among boys and girls. But it is too late to do something about it. Parents should start giving their children moral and religious education,” Muthalik told HT.