Some groups op­pose ‘fes­ti­val of love’, oth­ers sup­port it

So­cial groups with dif­fer­ent opin­ions or­gan­ise cam­paigns in the city

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LUC­KNOW: Peo­ple cel­e­brated Valen­tine’s Day on Wed­nes­day amidst de­ploy­ment of po­lice at parks and pub­lic places.

Some groups op­posed the cel­e­bra­tion say­ing it “pro­moted ob­scen­ity” while other or­gan­i­sa­tions stood out in sup­port of the rev­ellers.

A group led by na­tional pres­i­dent of Bega­mat Royal Fam­ily of Oudh, Farhana Ma­liki, or­gan­ised a coun­selling cam­paign at a park near Rumi Gate in Old City, ask­ing cou­ples to not get in­volved in any ob­scene act at pub­lic places.

The group coun­selled a dozen cou­ples re­quest­ing them to not cause em­bar­rass­ment or dis­com­fort to other vis­i­tors at the parks.

How­ever, many young­sters pre­ferred to leave the park af­ter see­ing the group ap­proach­ing cou­ples for the coun­selling.

Ma­liki said her group was not against love or choice of any in­di­vid­ual, but did not sup­port ob­scen­ity or in­de­cent act in the name of it. She said the cam­paign was to sen­si­tise young­sters and help them dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween love and ob­scen­ity.

“We are not in favour of in­trud­ing in any­body’s per­sonal life and choice, but just want to sen­si­tise young­sters about the right ap­proach,” she em­pha­sised.

On the other hand, state units of the All-In­dia Demo­cratic Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (AIDWA) and Stu­dents’ Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (SFI) con­ducted a sig­na­ture cam­paign – ‘My Choice, My right’ – near Hazrat­ganj cross­ing in sup­port of adult peo­ple’s right to choose their part­ner.

Madhu Garg, state pres­i­dent, AIDWA, said: “We are not in sup­port of ob­scen­ity. But sev­eral out­fits get in­volved in man­han­dling and nui­sance in the name of moralpolic­ing.” Sh­e­saidi­tis­the right of an adult per­son to have a part­ner of choice and no­body is al­lowed to in­ter­vene in this.

Garg also crit­i­cised some ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes that warned young­sters of dis­ci­plinary ac­tion if they cel­e­brated V-Day on the cam­pus.

Anu­pam Ya­dav, dis­trict pres­i­dent, SFI, said the so­ci­ety is still not ready to ac­cept an in­di­vid­ual’s right to have a life part­ner of choice and sev­eral cases have been re­ported in the state where

We are not in favour of in­trud­ing in any­body’s per­sonal life and choice, but just want to sen­si­tise young­sters about the right ap­proach

FARHANA MA­LIKI, na­tional pres­i­dent of Bega­mat Royal Fam­ily of Oudh

young peo­ple were killed for get­ting in­volved with some­one.

He said this ap­proach of the so­ci­ety is yet to be changed and the sig­na­ture cam­paign is meant to gen­er­ate aware­ness among peo­ple of dif­fer­ent age groups about it.

Seema Rana, dis­trict pres­i­dent, AIDWA, said over 1,000 peo­ple in­clud­ing young­sters and the el­derly par­tic­i­pated in the sig­na­ture cam­paign to ex­press their sup­port for love.

SSP Deepak Ku­mar said the po­lice re­mained alert through­out the day due to which no un­to­ward in­ci­dent was re­ported.

The po­lice had al­ready con­veyed a stern mes­sage to dif­fer­ent out­fits to not get in­volved in any mis­chief or moral polic­ing on Valen­tine’s Day.

▪ Valen­tine’s Day passed off peace­fully amidst po­lice de­ploy­ment at var­i­ous places in Luc­know on Wed­nes­day.

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