Valentine’s Day celebrations across various districts of the State evoked a mixed reaction from the caste outfits, college students and other organisations with some against it and the rest supporting it. Many vented their ire against the celebration by marrying off animals to register their protest.
In Puducherry, activists of Hindu Munnani burned greeting cards near Anna statue here, while Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam men distributed flowers to couples, including foreigners, as part of the celebrations.
In Madurai a group of members from the Hindu Students Organisation - Law College and VHP got involved in moral policing in parks and other places and handed over pamphlets with anti-Valentine’s Day messages. Another group of members from the Hindu Youth Wing staged a protest near the Periyar bus stop and portrayed two dolls of horses getting married to describe that they opposed the celebration.
In Tirunelveli, Hindu Makkal Katchi activists came with buffaloes towards the Registrar office located on the premises of Tirunelveli district Collectorate at Kookirakulam. The Hindu Munnani cadre performed marriage between dogs and a horse near the Sub-Registrar office in Tirunelveli.
Meanwhile, DYFI members supported the celebrations near Tirunelveli Railway Station. They floated balloons and freed pigeons.
In Erode, Hindu Munnani cadre staged a novel stir by garlanding dogs near Bavanisagar dam site park and burned the greeting cards too. In Tirupur, members of various Hindu outfits raised slogans against the celebrations and burned greeting cards.