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Shri Ram Sena demands banning of Valentine's Day and warns against public display of love by dating couples
The activists of Shri Ram Sena (SRS), self-proclaimed of protectors of Hinduism through moral policing, who had asked the Karnataka government to ban celebration of Valentine's day, February 14, in the state, seem to be bent upon playing spoil sport for the young couples who are going to make public show of their love.

For the last few days during the Valentine week, the SRS activists had been burning the effigy of Valetines in some towns to protest against the celebration Valentine's Day as an anti-Hindu act. As usual, members of SRS are being feared due to their violent activities on lovers and burning of Valentine greeting cards and gifts.

Shri Ram Sena's leader Pramod Muthalik had been heading the campaign to target couples found dating on 14 February, Valentine's Day. He had said earlier, "Our activists will go around with a priest, a turmeric stub and a mangalsutra on 14 February. If we come across couples being together in public and expressing their love, we will take them to the nearest temple and conduct their marriage."

In India, over the last few years, moral policing on public display of love and Western values has increased. Many religious groups, both Hindu and Muslims, believe Valentine's Day represents the Western culture detrimental to Eastern one with family values and way of life.

In north India, during Valentine Week, over the years some extreme religious groups get active to crack down on dating couples and moral policing takes the shape of threats and vandalism against the celebrants. Some gift shops and restaurants are attacked and couples who display public affection are caught and punished.

In many countries, more so in Muslim countries, there are groups that oppose Valentine's Day because of various reasons such as spread of Western values, passion-based capitalism, public display of sensual attraction, cultural distortion and insult to singletons.

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