In a case of moral policing on Tuesday, residents of a private building in Meerut barged into a room where they questioned and assaulted a couple. The man was reportedly Muslim and the woman, Hindu. They were then dragged to the police station.
The couple were booked for obscenity in a public space allegedly on the Hindu Yuva Vahini's insistence, whose members arrived at the police station upon learning about the instance, an NDTV report said. The Yuva Vahini is a right-wing organisation formed by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who describes it as a 'cultural' organisation.
With a video of the incident emerging, the issue of moral policing and love jihad was debated across news channels. In one such debate on India Today, moderated by news anchor Rahul Kanwal, things got heated very quickly between him and Vahini leader Nagendra Singh Tomar, one of the panelists.
The two locked horns when Kanwal called it a case of moral policing and asked why what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom should be anyone's business. Tomar, however, kept denying it was his organisation's members who implicated the couple in a criminal case.
The argument heated up progressively with both Kanwal and Tomar raising voices and pointing fingers at each other. Tomar accused Kanwal of lying and ultimately, was told by Kanwal to leave the show.
Watch the video here: