[Actress Anushka Sharma and Cricketer Virat Kohli in a file photo.]
Lucknow: Social media sites, especially Twitter, is flooded with some interesting and sarcastic messages after the reports that young men are being questioned, shamed and even forced to do sit-ups in various parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.
The unruly scenes were seen in various cities of the North Indian state after "anti-Romeo squads" of the police were out on the streets on the orders of new Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The one message which stands out is this: "After seeing what Anti-Romeo squad is doing, Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma have decided not to meet in Uttar Pradesh", "SaahilMurli Menghani tweeted on his Twitter handler @saahilmenghani.
Hunting_Hunters using Twitter handler @eparitosh said, "Aye.... thats why #YogiAdityanath is there... to undo EVERYTHING..."
"Not sure about the other squads, but #AntiRomeoSquad U.P. Me khoob kaam karega. #YogiSarkar..." Abhas Vijayvargiya @ABHASjd tweeted.
Some even cracked jokes:
"Couple having sex
Girl : protection?
Boy : haan mera bhai Anti Romeo squad me hai...", Funny Deol (रोमियो) posted using twitter handler @Funny_Deol.
Some others used the issue to express their anguish over rampant unemployment in the state. "Going to apply for Anti-Romeo squad. Last hope for us jobless people..."Arjun. tweeted @infamousArjun.
Chandragupt Pandey expressed his anguish in these words: "My new shiny bhagwa langot is nearly stitched up, dear Sanghi friends do refer me to any suitable opening in Anti Romeo squad..", he tweeted @cpfrommars.
A Twitter user Anubhav @Anu_bhav tagged the news titled "BJP 'activist' held for sending lewd messages to party leader Shaina NC", and tweeted, "Over to Amit Shah, BJP needs Anti Romeo squad within party.."
Some activists like Tehseen Poonawalla threatened the Yogi Adityanath's governmet to court on the issue."Waiting for the legal notifications on #AntiRomeoSquad . Will be approaching the HC against this illegal order by #YogiAdityanath", Tehseen tweeted using Twitter handler @tehseenp.
These Twitter messages are prompted by the news that the "anti-Romeo Squads" are harassing boys near schools and colleges. According to NDTV, teens were hauled up outside girls' schools and colleges and questioned in Meerut. Footage from Jhansi showed a police officer ordering sit-ups after homing in on a boy sitting with a group of girls.
According to CNN-News18, the police have received instructions to go and conduct field visits to check where all the squads will have to be stationed. It will also be assessed as to how many women police personnel will be required for the job.
Formation of "anti-Romeo squads", was a key promise in the BJP's manifesto for Uttar Pradesh. The idea was slammed with some linking it to the campaign against "Love Jihad", the term used by Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders to describe Muslim men marrying Hindu women.
Director General of Police Javeed Ahmed however justified the move saying the squads are for the safety of women. "Safety of girls/ladies is the sole intent of the anti Romeo squads. No moral policing", he tweeted at his Twitter handler @javeeddgpup.