It is very common to see young lovers always in search of a place to get cozy. But in big cities this has always been a problem as desperate couples seeking to ‘nurture the flower of love’ could easily land in the hands of moral police. Given that it has now become almost an annual tradition for fringe groups to stall Valentine’s Day celebrations in the name of opposing ‘foreign culture,’ it is not surprising to see if someone catch you in the middle of “the act” and threatening to report the matter to one or both your parents.
In order to give safe space to lovers, a group of earnest citizens called ‘Right to Love’ are taking up the issue. They have written a letter to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) commissioner Saurabh Rao, saying that not a single park (out of 110) has been exclusively reserved for the couples so that they can have good private time together without fear of harassment.
According to the group there is no space for couples in places such as Z-Bridge at Deccan, along the riverbed or on the various tekdis. They say that people have been facing maltreatment from citizens and others.
The group has requested the PMC to take action on the week following February 14.
The group comprises of IT professionals, counsellors, lawyers, students, and social workers. In the past the group has also agitated against discrimination under the archaic section 377 (unnatural sex) of the IPC.
Meanwhile, right-wing group ‘Bajrang Dal’ has decided to shoot videos of couples caught indulging in “indecent acts” at public places. The group will also make the videos of harassers and stalkers and submit them to the police to prevent any ‘unethical’ activity.