As is the case every year, some right-wing organisations have come out protesting against Valentine's Day which falls on February 14. This time, the Hindu Mahasabha in Uttar Pradesh has reportedly announced that it would marry off couples celebrating the day in public.
For couples of different faiths, the group will also engage in a purification ceremony for participating in a 'foreign festival'.
In the past, groups like the Bajrang Dal have burned Valentine’s Day greeting cards. Sri Ram Sene's Pramod Muthalik had also proclaimed that his organisation would marry off couples.
In reaction to Hindu Mahasabha's diktat, Twitter users have made it the butt of many jokes. Here are some funny tweets on the not-so-funny issue.
Marriage is the worst punishment for loving someone and Hindu Mahasabha knows it.— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) February 4, 2015
Shoot someone in a public place: Patriot. Let us install statue. Show some love in a public place: Chee. Bad. HARASS. - Hindu Mahasabha.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 4, 2015
Hindu Mahasabha will marry couples caught celebrating V-Day.If they find married couple celebrating,will they celebrate their anniversary?— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) February 4, 2015
A few users have also suggested couples to dress up as it may be the ‘big day’ for many of them.
Others have lamented the group’s intolerance towards personal freedom— a symptom of patriarchy.