For people who look forward to Valentine's Day, it may be hard to believe that there are countries where the celebration is banned or seen as something nasty by certain groups.
Pakistan: V-Day is immoral
Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that on Monday, February 13, the Islamabad high court officially banned the celebration of Valentine's Day. The ruling likewise called for the websites and print publications to stop promoting Valentine's Day.
Pakistan is tagged as a "conservative Muslim country." As such, AFP explained, "The court issued the order after a petitioner declared love was being used as a 'cover' to spread 'immorality, nudity and indecency… which is against our rich traditions and values.'"
This is somewhat unfortunate as V-Day has become "increasingly popular among young Pakistanis, many of whom seized the chance to honor romance by giving cards, chocolates, and gifts to their sweethearts."
Indonesia: V-Day encourages 'free sex'
Meanwhile, a student group in Surabaya, Indonesia organized a protest against Valentine's Day. They think it's a vulgar event that only encourages promiscuous behavior.
AFP quoted Pandu Satria, organizer of the demonstration: "This protest was organized as we have seen on television that Valentine's Day tends to be associated with free sex. That makes us afraid."
Today Online reported that the Malaysian Islamic Development Department has "consistently opposed the celebration of Valentine's Day among Muslims, claiming it possesses Christian elements." In fact, it has been pushing its Mind the Valentine's Day Trap campaign since 2011. In line with this anti-V-Day sentiment, a group called National Muslim Youth Association urged women "against using emoticons in text messages or wearing fragrance." The report added: "[They] also urged Muslim women to avoid making their voice sound sweet, and to cover up their intimate parts.
Japan: V-Day is unfair
Last but not least, The Journal reports that in Japan, the members of a group called the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women find Unattractive launched their "Smash Valentine's Day!" campaign.
The group's public relations chief Takayuki Akimoto told AFP: "Our aim is to crush this love capitalism. People like us who don’t seek value in love are being oppressed by society. He added, "It's a conspiracy by people who think unattractive guys are inferior, or losers, like cuddling in public, it makes us feel bad. It's unforgivable."