Imagine absolutely loving the colourful festival of Holi but not willing to step outside in the fear of getting molested and harassed. This is how many women in the country feel. Because as we grew up and underwent physical changes, several men used Holi as an excuse to sleazily smear us with colours, grope us while doing so, and use the infamous phrase ‘Bura na mano Holi hai’ all the while.
And a good example of this is a video that has captured an uncomfortable incident where a mob of men stopped two women on a scooter and forcibly smeared them with colours against their consent. The women somehow managed to flee the spot.
Watch the video here:
तो ये है आपकी होली..!!! शर्म आती है या वो भी गुलाल के साथ हवा में उड़ा दी..??? pic.twitter.com/iytc4RW7To
— Manoj Muntashir (@manojmuntashir) March 11, 2020
People on the internet are expressing disgust over the incident. Some women also revealed how due to similar incidents, they too are scared of stepping outdoors on Holi.
Such rascals must be punished. They are as bad for our festivals as those who verbally abuse them quite religiously.
— Sudhanshu S Singh🇮🇳 (@sssingh21) March 11, 2020
Kya hota ja rha hai Hindustan ki awam ko.?
— Muntashir's Sister😀 (@Shabnoorkhan7) March 11, 2020
Festiwal ko in jese log hi badnaam karte he 😡😡😡😡😡
— deepak (@khiladideepak2) March 11, 2020
— Hasi Johari🇮🇳 (@warriorhasi_iaf) March 11, 2020
I remember not going out of my house on Holi when I was in India just because of these reasons.
I used to play in my backyard with cousins.
— Music Lover (@YogiataMalhotr1) March 11, 2020
Women's day sirf ek din ka hi hota h Kya?🌚
— ARFA MALIK (@ArfaMalik22) March 11, 2020
Lacking culture & respect for women .
This new generation needs some military training. It’s high time
— #IndiaSupportsCAA (@PavanSharma2000) March 11, 2020
Should be punished for this shameful act on the name of celebrating Holi
— Hitesh (@hiteshr88_) March 12, 2020
It is because of people like these that too many women across the country choose not to celebrate Holi. When will such incidents stop? When will women feel safe enough to celebrate their own festivals?