Media reports say Saffron volunteers forced young men and women to get "married" who were celebrating Valentine's Day in various parts of Southern state Andhra Pradesh. Saffron men belonging to Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) also staged demonstrations in the state, raising opposition to the idea of celebrating Valentine's day by couples.
In the state of Odisha too, many couples have to stop their Valentine's Day celebrations after Saffron activists threatened to marry them off. Saffron men attacked couples in public parks and restaurants in various cities of the state.
Opponents of Valentine's Day celebrations say it is against Indian culture. Saffron brigade says Valentine's Day is spreading "vulgarity" in the society.
"Valentine's Day is against Indian culture and ethos. We are against western culture. Public display of affection among young couples is shameful. We want an end to such celebrations," said a Bajrang Dal member.
However, young couples oppose the restriction.
"Who are they to stop someone from celebrating Valentine's Day? Celebrating any festival is a personal decision. Why there should be an imposition? And, celebrating Valentine's Day is no wrong," said Kanchan Mishra, a college-going student in Cuttack, Odisha.
Few years back Maharashtra also witnessed violence during Valentine's day. Earlier, Shiv Sena carried out several protests and agitations against Valentine's Day celebrations. The party members also attacked couples and vandalised shops selling cards and bouquets.