Valentine's Day: Hindu Mahasabha to be on prowl, youth undaunted

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2015 08:26 IST

While youth in Delhi celebrate love with red roses and colourful gifts on Valentine's Day on Saturday, the Hindu Mahasabha said their volunteers would have couples spliced up if found in an act of "indecent display of love" in public space.

With white roses in their hands, as many as 45 volunteers of the right-wing group would be on the prowl in parks, movie theatres, restaurants and other public places across the city with their target would be the couples expressing love for each other in three words 'I Love You' or found locked in an embrace, defined as "indecent" by Hindu Mahasabha president Chandra Prakash Kaushik.

He said his trained volunteers would accost such couples and teach them the "right" definition of love, persuading them to marry each other.

Unfazed by the Hindu Mahasabha's plan, a group of students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University plans to take it up on its offer of getting any couple in love married.

"Will you marry a boy to a boy he likes, or a girl to a girl? Or will you send them to jail or Ramdev? Will you allow a Dalit boy to express his love for a Brahmin girl or will you perform 'shuddhikaran (purification)' before marrying them off? Will you go against the diktats of khap panchayats and let lovers from the same gotra (clan) marry? And what if a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl fall in love? Or a Christian man and a Hindu girl," the students asked.

The group - made up of couples of different profiles - will gather outside the organisation's Mandir Marg office on Saturday. "We will be reaching your Delhi office… With us will be a boy who is gay and holds his boyfriend's hand with love. There will be a Dalit boy with his upper-caste lover. And of course, Hindu-Muslim lovers," the students said in a letter to the organisation.

Kaushik said they would indeed "get everyone married" - irrespective of religion, caste or gender considerations.

"This is a way to test your love. Love is not about display. We are not against love but this cheap display. Why do people love only for a day, why not all 365 days," he asked.

He also pushed the group's Hindutva agenda by saying inter-faith couples would be given the chance to "return to the religion of their ancestors who were all Hindus".

"At one time, there were no Muslims in India. We will give Muslims a chance to correct this mistake and marry them off by completing Hindu rituals," he said.

"If they refuse to do so, it will be love jihad and it will be proved that they trapped the other partner under a conspiracy."

The National Students Union of India (NSUI), meanwhile, is lagging behind no one.

The student wing of the Congress organised a 'Love Parade', followed by a street play, on the eve of Valentine's Day in Delhi University to celebrate the spirit of love and unity and distributed chocolates and roses to students who joined in, said a statement by the NSUI.

Equally upbeat was the commercial market with fancy decorations and special offers for the ones in love.

Archies, a retail chain, introduced a range of 182 greeting cards and gifts based on Valentine's theme with 'Love you this much' puppy and 'With you always' couple teddy.

In Daily deals site Groupon India's Valentine's Day survey, which polled over 2,000 adults across India, women let out a collective cheer for special gifts (54%), a romantic dinner date (26%) or opted for a simple romantic night at home (22%).

With inputs from Agencies

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