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Ram Sene warns against celebrating Valentine's Day

Feb 04, 2009 08:36 AM IST India India
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Bangalore: Fresh from the Mangalore pub assault, Shri Ram Sene is bracing up for the Valentine's Day. The Sene plans to protest any Valentine's Day celebration on February 14 in Karnataka and is meeting on Wednesday to fine tune its agenda. Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, who is now out on conditional bail in the Mangalore Pub attack case, has made it clear that his outfit will disrupt Valentine's Day celebration as it is against Indian culture. "We are going to protest it. We will send memorandums to Home Minister and Chief Minister (of Karnataka) and we will also alert the police officials for all the hotels and colleges where the day will be celebrated with pomp and show," said Muthalik. Muthalik claimed that celebrating Valentine's Day is an international conspiracy and blamed Christians for the celebrations. "Valentine's day, Friendship Day... all these are international conspiracies against our culture. They are exploiting the girls by calling it as lover's day. Love cannot be for a single day. This is a conspiracy by the Christians," Muthalik said. He, however, ruled out joining politics. "I am not going to join the political party at all. All thanks to media organisations we are now even getting national recognition," he said. The warning has been extended to educational institutions, restaurants and shops selling gifts and greetings. Meanwhile, Union Minister for Women and Child Developement Renuka Chowdhary urges Karnataka Government to take strict actions against Pramod Muthalik and Sri Ram Sena. Speaking about Muthalik, she said “He is not married so he doesn’t know how to respect gender.” “Ram Sena is an anti-social organisation & in fact does not have an identity or legitimacy. Karnataka government should take cognizance of the incident & provide protection to women,” she added.

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