Hindu Nationalists Threaten to Punish Those Celebrating Valentine's Day

February 12, 2004

Source: The Washington Post


On February 12, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Hindu nationalists who claim they are fighting against Western cultural influence have threatened to shave young lovers' heads and beat them if they exchange Valentine's Day cards and gifts. Valentine's Day, which falls on Saturday, has in recent years gained popularity in India - a predominantly Hindu nation whose constitution guarantee freedom of religion. 'The faces of those not heeding our request will be blackened and their heads will be shaved,' Ved Prakash Sachchan, of the militant Hindu organization Bajrang Dal, said Thursday in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state. 'We will not allow any foreign festival which is a violation of Indian culture.'"