It’s Valentine’s Day, the day when love is celebrated, heart-shaped merchandise is sold, chocolates, roses, gifts are given to the beloved. Bollywood couples and celebrities have taken over the social media, swearing love for their partners, featuring their pictures on Instagram, and expressing their emotions.
But everything is not hunky-dory. The Bajrang Dal is not favorably inclined towards the youngsters celebrating Valentine's Day. In Hyderabad, its activists burned the effigies of what they called was Valentine on roads at different places. They also claimed that they planned to shoot the videos of couples indulging in “obscene activities” in public. They threatened to do the same in Dehradun too.
It may be recalled that other saffron outfits like the Vishu Hindu Parishad and ABVP are also known for harassing and thrashing couples on Valentine's Day. Taking a dig at these outfits, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor wished everyone Valentine's Day, advising the couples to say they are celebrating Kamadeva Divas if they get threatened by Sangh Parivar. "If any Sangh Parivar trolls try to threaten you for being out with a friend, tell them you are celebrating the ancient Indian tradition of #KamadevaDivas!," he tweeted.
This year Valentine’s Day is special for the LGBT community as it is the first after the decriminalization of Section 377 which had banned homosexuality. To commemorate it, Uber India started a campaign demanding a rainbow heart emoji this Valentine’s Day.
Inputs Gitanjali chettri