Does the municipal election candidate of your ward support love marriages? Or is he in favour of honour killings? Candidates fighting the elections may soon have to answer such questions if ‘Love Commandos’ have their way.
Love Commandos, an organisation that supports love marriages and condemns honour killings, is urging residents to ask candidates their views on love before casting votes in their favour.
“If they support love marriage and are against honour killing, only then should they be voted to power, because otherwise they can be dangerous,” said Harsha Malhotra of the group.
Love Commandos also want parties to spell out their stand on love affairs, love marriages and protection of lovers’ rights in their election manifestoes. The group has been supporting lovers and helping them get married for the past few years.
In a press statement, the organisation said that it wanted young voters in the Capital to maintain distance from political parties that did not include their “basic problem, the love problem” in their manifestoes.
The organisation said that youth were facing threats from their families, the society and even the police, and political parties were maintaining a “criminal silence” on the issue.
It urged voters to defeat all “anti-lover political parties and independents”. “We will soon start campaigning for the initiative so that more voters are aware of it. We are finalising details for the elections,” added a member.