The youth may swear by Valentine's Day, but there is no paucity of forces that gear up against this lover's day. Shiv Sena, Hindu Jagran Manch, Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have warned youngsters in Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Agra and several other major cities of UP, not to celebrate Valentine's Day that has been tagged by them as Behooda Diwas (vulgar).
Cultural hawks of these organisations have decided to keep a watch on girls and boys getting intimate in parks, gardens, riverside roads, restaurants and hotels on this day. The groups have even prescribed special dress code for the day that prohibits wearing tight jeans, pants or skirts and other revealing dresses.
While wearing undergarments has been made mandatory as per the code, special warning barring girls from wearing jeans has been issued.
On the other hand, the District Youth Congress units have constituted special teams to protect the lovebirds from cultural hawks. In Kanpur, District Youth Congress President Pradeep Mishra warned the Shiv Sainiks against harassing boys and girls. Special helplines for distressed lovers have also been planned.
The groups have also warned restaurants, hotels, shops and malls against coming out with special packages for Valentine's Day.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party has directed the police to ignore the activities of these groups to take political advantage.
The Hindu Jagran Manch has even constituted women hawks to deal with girls. Each such squad will have four women. The Manch has distributed pamphlets in several cities including Lucknow and Kanpur stating Behoodgi Nahi Bardashta Ki jayegi (We shall not tolerate vulgarity). Girls and boys have also been advised not to drink beer on V-day, citing it as being against the moral values.
To remove misconceptions about Valentine's Day celebrations, principals of the City Montessori schools having 21 branches here have decided to observe the day as 'Family unity and Marriage solidarity'.