India detains hundreds of Hindus over Valentine Day protests

Indian police on Friday rounded up members of a Hindu religous group who had allegedly threatened to marry off young couples found together on Valentine's

India detains hundreds of Hindus over Valentine Day protests
Indian police on Friday rounded up members of a Hindu religous group who had allegedly threatened to marry off young couples found together on Valentine's Day.

Dozens of activists of the fundamentalist Shiv Sena, which has disrupted Valentine's Day celebrations for years, were arrested in Mumbai and in Gwalior, police officials said, Reuters reported.

In Bangalore and in Mangalore, more than 400 activists, including the leader of Sri Ram Sena party, Pramod Mutalik, were taken into preventive custody on Friday, hours after a local court ordered the state to check what it called "violent behaviour by moral policemen".

The followers of Sri Ram Sena (SRS) or Lord Ram's Army style themselves as guardians of traditional Hindu values, were briefly detained and then freed on bail.

The protests by groups like Shiv Sena have become an annual event on Valentine's Day.

Mutalik and his followers later threatened to marry off dating couples on Valentine's Day.

"Drinking, socialising, celebrating Valentine's Day is all part of Western culture which is corrupting our Indian culture," SRS general secretary V.K. Rajesh

"We are not against love. But we are against loose morals we see among the younger generation who are blindly aping the West. And we will not spare these people and we will take whatever action is needed within the law."


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