In a counter offensive against moral policing,a group of volunteers will patrol the streets of the capital on Valentine’s Day to ensure that young lovers are not harassed by the “self-styled” guardians of culture.
Aiming to prevent hooligans from playing spoilsport on Valentines Day,martial-arts trained volunteers of Save the Earth Foundation will roam around major hangouts of Delhi on February 14.
“Valentines Day is a day of expressing your feelings for someone you love and care and is slowly finding a place in our culture especially in the metropolitan cities,” said Ravi Kalra,founder-president of the organisation.
“It is also a day when you can express your choice for a life partner,which is allowed for by law. No self-styled and Taliban-minded organisation has the right to object to choice in a free society,” said Kalra.
The foundation,which earlier ran a campaign against unnecessary honking in Delhi,has now proposed to unleash a battalion of Cupids to protect Valentine festivities from coming under attack.
In groups of five or six people,at least ten teams of young men and women,trained in tactics of self defence will patrol major areas in Delhi and will be particularly vigilant against attacks on gift galleries that house special paraphernalia for Valentines day.
Referring to the Shri Ram Sene that had warned boys and girls against participating in Valentine day celebrations,Kalra said “they are actually sick people,united by frustration and jealousy.
“Instead of borrowing its name from that of Lord Rama,the organisation should be christened Ravana Sene as unlike them,Rama had great respect for women,” he said.
“Our NGO has formed ten special Valentine Help Escort Team who would be patrolling actively in major areas of Delhi and be on a look out for any sick individuals or criminal minded organisations indulging in such activities,” he said.
The Escort teams that will comprise mostly of black belts in martial arts,will also carry shoe polish to blacken the faces of such people and donkey-tags to be attached to them before they are taken to police to face prosecution,Kalra said.
The volunteers,he said,have also roped in several student union activists,particularly of womens colleges to be part of an awareness campaign against the moral-policing brigade that will continue even after February 14.
Asked if the move could spark violence,the man behind the Cupid battalion says the teams will be practising unarmed combat,which is strictly for self-defence and is not meant to harm anybody.