Mangaluru: Political parties and progressive thinkers have criticised the 'Trishul Deeksha' program organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district on Thursday.
Photos of youth with saffron shawls holding Trishul and taking the oath to protect the society from love jihad, terrorism were making rounds on social media on Thursday night.
This was strongly criticized by progressive thinkers and some political party leaders.
The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has questioned the silence of the police and has demanded strict action against those involved in this.
"The police should have booked a suo motu case in connection to this. But they seem to have turned blind on this. The police should immediately book a case and arrest them," SDPI district president Athavulla Jokatte said.
"They are wrong if they feel they can create fear through such a program. We will ensure the peace and harmony of the region are unaffected," he added.
However, VHP stated that it has been organizing 'Trishul Deeksha' every year.
"We organize the Trishul Deeksha during our training camp held in April-May every year. But for the last two years, it was not held due to Covid. So we decided to hold it with the Shastra Pooja (Ayudha Pooja) on Thursday. It is nothing new," VHP Mangaluru Division secretary Sharan Pumpwell told Deccan Chronicle.
"This is not a sharp weapon that can cause fatal injury to anybody. It is a small steel material resembling Trishul. The Trishul Deeksha is not conducted by violating any norms. The program is a symbolic event held to build confidence among the youth," he said.