St Valentine’s Day massacre

Valentine’s Day was rather a muted affair at India’s Lucknow University this year, after officials stepped up security arrangements to prevent male students from fighting over girls on campus.


According to reports in the Indian press, squads of police and university staff were brought in to patrol the grounds, students were required to carry identification at all times, and some departments even suspended classes for the day. Couples in lurve were warned not to express their feelings in public in case it sparked a violent outburst from jealous rivals.

The problem at Lucknow is that Valentine’s Day traditions are more likely to involve an exchange of blows rather than the exchange of cheesy cards. And instead of moping over a lonely pint, spurned suitors tend to harass and pester the object of their affections, a practice that the university wants to stop. The violence was so bad a few years ago that a fully fledged gunbattle erupted on campus when rival gangs clashed over a young lady.

But a Lucknow law student said the university’s approach was too heavyhanded. “They’re trying to suppress roses with guns,” the poetic student told Indian newspaper The Economic Times. “Instead of controlling the rowdy elements, the administration is forcing its whims on innocent and harmless couples.”