“India is a country where all 365 days are days for love, why then must couples observe only February 14 as Valentine’s Day?”, says Mahasabha National President Chandra Prakash Kaushik.
With ten days to go for Valentine’s Day, Hindutva outfits active in western UP have warned that couples found celebrating the “foreign festival” in public will face a variety of punishments.
This year, the couples who claim to be in love will have to pass our marriage test, Kaushik warned. “We are not against love, but if a couple is in love then they must get married. In case if the couples claim that they need time to think about marriage, we will tell them that if they are not certain, they should belittle love by openly going around together. We will also inform their parents,” added Kaushik.
There will also be an Arya Samaj wedding for the couples and a ‘shuddhikaran’, a purification ritual in case the couple belong to different faiths. The report adds that the Mahasabha will be mainly targeting couples found with roses in hand and caught hugging in malls and parks.