Some set of students have taken to the street in protest against the World St Valentine’s day tagging it as Western decadence.
The Muslim students, who staged the protest, on Monday, denounced Valentine’s day saying it is a Western celebration that encourages casual sex.
The students, who were aged between 13 and 15 and included many girls wearing headscarves were seen carrying various placards and chanting ‘Say No To Valentine!’
The protest held at world’s most populous Indonesian Muslim-majority country, where Islamic clerics and some pious Muslims typically use the occasion to target what they see as Western decadence.
Speaking on the reason behind their protest, Pandu Satria, who is the organiser said, “This protest was organised as we have seen that Valentine’s Day tends to be associated with free sex.”
Also, Ida Indahwati Waliulu, headmaster of the school which is run by an Islamic organisation, added that, “There is a certain pride about this positive action carried out by the students.”
According to reports, apart from this protest against Valentine’s day celebration, some countries have placed a ban on Valentine’s day celebration.
Several cities across the country banned people from celebrating the occasion. In Malaysia, which is also a Muslim-majority country, a group called The National Muslim Youth Association urged females to avoid using emoticons and an excessive amount of fragrance in a pre-Valentine’s Day message.
The group also set out guidelines about how people could reject the annual celebration of love by making anti-Valentine posters and not wearing Valentine-themed outfits.
Despite some objections, many people in Indonesia and Malaysia however marked the occasion, particularly in major cities where cards and chocolates are widely available.