Moral polic­ing: Cou­ples told to crush roses

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Noida: Mem­bers of the so­called ‘Gau Rak­sha Dal’ turned moral po­lice on Valen­tine’s Day, ha­rass­ing cou­ples at var­i­ous malls and parks in Noida and Greater Noida. Cou­ples seen to­gether were also branded “anti­na­tional” by the group.

At a park in Greater Noi- da, they forced a Nepali cou­ple to crush roses un­der their feet and made them prom­ise not to mark Valen­tine’s Day in fu­ture. They also filmed the episode and shared it on YouTube. Po­lice, how­ever, said they had not re­ceived any com­plaint. Men and women scur­ried off to avoid th- em. Some cou­ples even pre­tended not to know each other.

At Sam­rat Mi­hir Bhoj Park in Greater Noida, the vig­i­lantes “ad­vised” cou­ples against “cel­e­brat­ing Valen­tine’s Day”, said Ved Na­gar, who de­scribed him­self as pres­i­dent of Gau Rak­sha Dal.

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