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Less love, more protests this Valentine's Day

delhi Updated: Feb 14, 2009 11:58 IST

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It's Valentine's Day. But barring a few couples walking around with flowers in their hands or cosying up over coffee in cafes, one could see more people marching with banners to protest against self proclaimed moral policing groups on Saturday morning.

At Connaught Place in the heart of the capital for instance, Namita Jaiswal, a political science student and her group of friends were busy giving last minute touches to their banners. One of the posters against moral vigilants read "Goondaraj will not be tolerated".

"I came to know about this campaign A Valentine for India started by a student through a blog and decided that I wanted to join in as well. What they are saying is that protesting on Valentine's Day is just symbolic of the country's angst against all the self appointed moral police who have no better business to do than poke their noses in other's affairs," Jaiswal told IANS.

"My friends and I are in New Delhi, therefore, to help the group raise their voice against all such unconstitutional and violent behaviour by goons in the name of Indian culture," she added.

Youth for Equality, another group of youngsters working on social issues, has similar protests planned out at five different locations Central Park in Connaught Place, PVR multiplex in Saket, Select City Walk mall, Noida's Atta market and in Gurgaon on Saturday.

"Our message on this day is very simple peace. On Valentine's Day we just want say that our country is our valentine and we want peace to prevail in New Delhi," said Kaushal Kant Mishra, president of the group.

The All India Confederation of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and the Northeast Support Centre are some of the other organisations protesting moral policing and celebrating the day symbolically at various locations in Delhi.

Several other groups like the Earth Saviours Foundation and the the Delhi unit of the National Panthers Party are ready to "rescue" any hapless couple harassed by the moral vigilants.

Amid all this, Sunita Das, a college goer, said that she and her boyfriend have decided to spend the day with a few other friends at her home, watching movies and steering clear of any fiasco.

"The moral police are goons, but why have all these anti moral policing brigade mushroomed overnight? And why on Valentine's Day only? Women get harassed everyday, in buses on the road.

"In any case, I have decided to stay at home on Saturday. I really am in no mood of getting stuck in the middle of any battle between the moral and the anti moral police!" she said.