MUMBAI: Two schools in Mumbai have banned public displays of affection, warning students they would face disciplinary action if caught holding hands, kissing or touching on campus, school officials said on Monday.

The schools justified the move by saying that these acts, which are increasingly being shown by the entertainment industry and emulated by the students, were contrary to Indian values.

Parents were told that the school has a “zero tolerance toward bullying, vulgarity, vandalism and displays of affection not acceptable to society at large,” said J. Vas, Principal of the Jamnabai Narsee school. “Hormones run riot at 16 to 18 years and we need to take disciplinary measures, set limits and put in certain ground rules.”

The recently released code of conduct at the Vibgyor High School labelled “unwarranted touching” among students as an offence on the level with cursing and aggressive behaviour. It also said “clothing that is inappropriate or that exposes chest, shoulders, bare midsection or buttocks will not be permissible.”

“Students must be made to understand that this is not the right thing to do in school,” said Rustom Kerawalla, a member of the Vibgyor school board. “The focus should be on school work.” — AP