Members of Hindu Makkal Munnani attempted to get a pair of dogs married to register their protest against celebration of Valentine’s Day on Pulianthope High Road, here on Friday.
The outfit staged the protest as planned without police permission. The members gathered around 10.30 am near Ambika Hotel on Pulianthope High Road. Apprehending the protest, security was stepped up at the point. The moment they arrived, cops warned the members that they do not have proper permission to stage the stir.
However, police thwarted the attempt and removed the protesters from the spot. The arrested protesters were released in the evening.
Speaking to Express, the outfit’s State organiser V G Narayanan, who led the protest, said they sought permission which was denied by the cops citing various reasons.
“It is very sad that we are aping the Western culture. We brought two stray dogs, a male and female, and arranged to get them married in Hindu tradition around 10.30 am. Even before we started the rites, police took us away by force and held us under preventive detention in a community hall,” he said.
He added that youth who fall in love behave in an indecent manner even in public places. “We are not against love. They can fall in love, it is their right. However, we do not encourage indecent behaviour in public places,” he said. About 20 members of the outfit participated in the protest and courted arrest.