PUNE: Spreading the message of love, an NGO Right to Love, organised a rally on Wednesday from Gokhale Chowk (Goodluck Chowk) to Fergusson College gate. The members of the organisation carried placards urging people to shed the barriers of religion, caste, creed and race and to embrace love.
Various other organisations participated in this rally. The members raised slogans and placards displayed messages like ‘ Prem amchya hakkacha, nahi konachya bapacha’ and ‘Amhi prem kela, tumcha kay gela’.
“Love is not a crime, everyone has a right to choose their partner,” said K Abhijeet, the President, Right to Love. “We conducted a protest rally emphasising the love over hate on January 22, 2015, after a couple from Latur was beaten up for loitering at a park by the members of Ganimi Kawa,” he added.
“The organisation also helps with the counselling of couples and resolves various problems faced by couples when they have inter-caste and inter-religion marriages,” he said.
“We felicitated some couples on Tuesday who were helped by us in getting married and Priyanka Bhatt from Pimpri who protested against the virginity test norm in Kanjarbhatt community,’’ he added.
Love should not be bound by caste, religion and age,”
— Mayuri Sushma, 30, social worker
Love cannot be dictated. Anyone can fall in love with any person. It’s my life and I will take my own decisions,”
— Rajashree Meshram, 25, social worker
I think that everyone should have right and freedom to love just like we have some fundamental rights. I love the concept of this rally and that is why I participate in it every year,”
— Lokesh Kapure, 30, social worker