On Valentines Day, Dukhtaran counsels dating couples

Srinagar: In a bid to scuttle Valentines Day celebrations Tuesday, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat activists led by their Chairperson, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi inspected several hotels and restaurants in the summer Capital to counsel the dating couples, wherever spotted, against what the veiled women said: westernization of culture, promiscuity and obscenity.
In typical Islamic dress code, the veiled Dukhtaran marched across the City centre and elsewhere to inspect food outlets and some parks.
Sources said the couples spotted at the hangouts patiently listened to Dukhtaran-e-Millat cadres particularly Asiya Andrabi. She told them that their dating wasn’t about “love but lust”.
Later talking to reporters in English, unlike Urdu which she often prefers, Aasiya said she was satisfied that her drive to inform youth against the ills of Valentines Day was reaping benefits over the years since she launched the initiative in 2005. She said there was a considerable low in the celebrations as only three or four couples were spotted at the 50 odd restaurants she visited.
“Alhamdulillah I was happy to see that mere two three couples could be spotted at the places we inspected. And they too felt sorry (for dating) pleading that they didn’t know about Islamic culture,” Aasiya said.
“Though people call it (Valentines Day), a day of love, since day one, we call it a day of promiscuity, obscenity and vulgarity,” the Dukhtaran chief, who is suffering from multiple ailments, maintained.
Giving definition of love, she said: “Love is which Allah has authorized and Allah had permitted. This (dating) isn’t love but lust.”
She said some of the couples who were present in the restaurants were so ashamed about their act that they sought religious counselling. “They gave us their contact numbers and requested us to teach us Quran and other religious teachings,” Asiya told Greater Kashmir.
Meanwhile cops maintained a vigil on Aasiya’s movement.
“As long as they are peaceful, we will not stop them from checking these places,” said a police official while keeping a vigil on Aasiya’s movements.

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