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Why couple kissing in Ayodhya’s Sarayu river is unacceptable

Recently, a married couple kissing in Ayodhya’s Sarayu River created outrage as the video of the incident went viral on social media. The man was thrashed by other pilgrims who opined that such acts can’t be tolerated at a pilgrimage site.

A report by India TV News regarding this issue says:

A man was thrashed by a group of people while he was bathing with his wife in the Saryu river in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. According to Wednesday’s official statement, the man was beaten up in an apparent case of moral policing. 

Details said the man was abused and beaten up for kissing his wife while taking a bath in the Sarayu River. A video of the incident, which has now gone viral on social media, shows the man being dragged away from his wife and beaten by several men in the vicinity. One man is heard saying that “Such vulgarity will not be tolerated in Ayodhya.” The wife tries to protect her husband but fails to do so. The couple is eventually kicked out of the water by the mob.

Meanwhile, the police have begun an investigation into the incident. A police officer said the exact date of the incident was yet to be ascertained even though some people claimed it had happened at Ram ki Paudi ghat on Tuesday. The officer said they had not received any complaint regarding it yet. “However, we are investigating the matter and trying to find the couple and the miscreants who attacked them,” the officer said. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shailesh Pandey said, “The matter is being probed.”

As the video went viral, all kinds of opinions floated around both in support and against the same. Several social media (SM) users, including those calling themselves Hindutvawadis, came out in support of the couple. It is important to maintain the sanctity of pilgrimage sites. One needs to distinguish between a tourist spot and a pilgrimage site. As responsible Hindus, it is our duty to maintain the sanctity of our pilgrimages.

This is the exact reason why Bollywood has been normalizing anti-Hindu activities. When as Hindus we fail to respect the sanctity of the holy places, filmmakers are emboldened to disrespect Hindu Dharma. No wonder, scenes showing couples kissing in the temple is ‘normalized’. Readers may recall Netflix’s offering A Suitable Boy, based on a novel of the same name by Vikram Seth and directed by Mira Nair, in which there were three kissing scenes in a single episode inside a temple.

There is a line that one shouldn’t cross and the couple in question crossed that line. It can’t be emphasized enough that a pilgrimage site is meant for spiritual enhancement.

(Featured Image Source: ABP)

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