Mob Of Men Throw Water On Woman, Harass Her On Holi At Manikarnika Ghat, Desis Condemn Incident

Holi, celebrated with vibrant colours and joviality, often veils a grim reality for women in India. Amidst the festivities, public spaces transform into breeding grounds for harassment and exploitation, perpetrated under the guise of tradition. Men employ the ominous phrase ‘Bura na mano, Holi hai’ to excuse their lecherous behaviour, subjecting women to unwanted advances and assault.

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Shockingly, objections are met with victim-blaming rhetoric, suggesting women confine themselves to avoid harassment. This systemic disregard for consent and autonomy perpetuates a culture where women’s bodies become public property, stripped of agency. In the name of tradition, Holi becomes a harrowing ordeal for countless women, their dignity trampled amidst the revelry.

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In a harrowing incident that occurred in Manikarnika Ghat in Uttar Pradesh, a woman in a saree was seen being harassed by a mob of men who thought that it was appropriate to throw water on her against her consent just because it was Holi. The woman was accompanied by another man, who was trying hard to protect his friend, but he was clearly outnumbered and getting verbally or physically violent would only compromise on their safety.

A video of the incident has gone viral on social media:

Several people online condemned the incident and advocated for the rights of women to be able to celebrate Holi safely, without having anyone violate their private space or their bodies. Here’s what people have been saying:

Every woman deserves to celebrate Holi without fear or distress, enjoying the festival’s spirit of joy. It’s imperative to recognize that women have an inherent right to partake in festivities safely, free from the threat of harassment or exploitation. No cultural tradition should serve as a justification for violating a woman’s autonomy or dignity.

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