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These Hindu Nationalists Will Force Couples Celebrating Valentine's Day To Marry (And Convert To Hinduism)

Doesn't it suck when you're chilling with your date and right-wing Hindu party volunteers try to convert you and marry you off? Hate it when that happens.

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You might want to carry your vows if you're hoping to take your boyfriend or girlfriend out on Valentine's day in India.

Amru Zainal Abidin

According to multiple reports, Hindu nationalist political party Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha have issued several warnings to unmarried couples hoping to go out on Valentine's day -- which they term as a "foreign festival."

Couples seen celebrating will face several punishments, including being forcefully married off to each other.

This may be hilarious but it isn't all jokes to the party, who have formed over 20 teams, which, in two days, start working in Delhi and the western Uttar Pradesh to spot, chase, and punish dating couples. The movement will last till Valentine's Day and smaller towns and cities in the region will also be policed.

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In an interview with the Times of India, Hindu Mahasabha national president Chandra Prakash Kaushik said, "This year, the couples who claim to be in love will have to pass our marriage test."

"We are not against love, but if a couple is in love then they must get married. In case if the couples claim that they need time to think about marriage, we will tell them that if they are not certain, they should not belittle love by openly going around together. We will also inform their parents," he further told TOI.

And that's not all.

According to The Hindu, the party's general secretary Munna Kumar made it clear that if the couples are inter-faith, Mahasabha volunteers would attempt to "convince" them to convert to Hinduism. No one's getting forced here; that's wrong and not the party's way of handling things.

Oh, and one small condition: If you're the Hindu half of the couple and your non-Hindu partner doesn't agree to convert, your parents will be "informed" about your love affair. Easy peasy.

On upholding women's rights, however...

The party president Chandra Prakash Kaushik is expected to visit Meerut to talk to the Meerut Mahanagar president Bharat Rajput, to talk and shape up the 14th Feb. rampage plans.

Rajput told the Times of India, "Ours is a democratic organization and everyone's views have an equal value. According to me, instead of forcing the non-Hindu partner to convert to Hindu religion, the boy should convert even if he is a Muslim. Why should only girls sacrifice their religion?" so while human rights can take a backseat, we're lucky enough to see women's rights still being protected.

The above may be the most ironic quote of 2015 and it's only February.

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