A day before Valentine's Day, in what has almost become an unwanted annual tradition, cases of self-appointed moral policing have been reported from various parts of the country.
Perhaps the most absurd case, where the policing isn't by rogues or miscreants, rather by an institution, comes from Lucknow, where the Lucknow University has issued an advisory to its students to not "roam inside its premises" on Feb 14. Disciplinary action has been promised against anyone who is found violating the advisory.
The University's VC has offered an explanation:
"We have issued this because the university is closed on the occasion of Maha Shivratri so there will less strength. Premises will be empty; no outsider student can enter or create any problem that is why we have issued to diktat."
The university's students have made a logical rebuttal, asking:
'You've declared a holiday on that day, but telling students to not enter university premises isn't right at all. If we won't enter the university, then who will?'
Meanwhile, fringe group Hindu Sena has written to the Prime Minister demanding an official ban on Valentine's day in India.
Over in Coimbatore, volunteers of the Shakti Sena and the Hindu Makkal Iyakkam staged a protest against Valentine's Day, calling it an anti-cultural event.
Saying the celebration was against Indian culture, the groups' cadres tore greeting cards in front of tehsildar's office. They also vowed to catch couples and hand them over to the cops.
In Hyderabad, the Bajrang Dal has said that youth shouldn't indulge in 'foreign culture'. The outfit has approached pubs and club owners in Hyderabad's upscale Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills asking them to not plan any special events on the day.