Bajrang Dal activists burn effigy of Valentine as mark of protest on Valentines DayBCCL
Hindu groups in India are moral policing different parts of the country to keep couples from celebrating the ‘Western’ concept.
In Japan, the Revolutionary League of Lonely Souls is marching against Valentine’s Day because it propagates discrimination on the basis of how many times a person has had sex.
Muslim countries like Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan have banned the holiday altogether.
Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day. Many groups and individuals criticize it for being a ‘Hallmark-manufactured’ celebration and for propagating pre-martial sex.
Experts argue over the actual details of Saint Valentine and the reason behind the festival. A few even admit to celebrating Valentine’s Day because of the hype and the obligation they feel to prove their affections to a loved one.
It seems only people who love celebrating love are the ones investing in Valentine’s Day. And, people take to the streets on the Day of Love to drive their point home.
From India to Japan — there are some examples of people protesting the holiday:
In India, Hindu Sena is threatening to put couples in jail if they’re spreading “obscenity”.
Hindu groups are marching the streets to burn and tear up greeting cards. They say it goes against Indian ‘culture’.
Japanese Revolutionary League of Lonely Souls marches against discrimination.
Indonesia wants to stamp out the practice of dating before getting married.
Malaysia banned Valentine’s Day in 2005 and the Islamic morality police arrests couples from hotels.
Iran’s ban on Valentine’s Day and threatens businesses from leading campaigns that promote the celebration of love.
Pakistan’s court banned Valentine’s Day two years ago because it goes "against the teachings of Islam".
In Saudi Arabia, any kind of public display of affection is taboo and celebrating Valentine’s Day could land people in jail for up to 39 years.