Some groups oppose ‘festival of love’, others support it
Social groups with different opinions organise campaigns in the city
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.