A girl is walking on the road, and suddenly she feels a water balloon on her back and another on her feet. As she pivots, she overhears some guys laughing and screaming, "Bura na mano, Holi hai!"
Holi, the festival of colours, which once saw kids throwing water balloons at people for fun, has now become an excuse to harass women.
Over the years, various cases of women filing an FIR against the harassment they face during Holi, have come to light. But, obviously, "Bura na mano Holi hai."
Do you think I am exaggerating?
Well, I am not!
This year, women have shared that balloons filled with semen were thrown at them. Don't believe me?
Have a look.
The girl revealed that while she was walking down the road, a liquid filled balloon hit her back. Although the content of that liquid sank into her black leggings, she didn't realise immediately what that liquid was. "You see, nobody has thrown semen at me before yesterday," she said.
All this happened, and naturally, why would people react to such a 'normal' thing because it's Holi and again, "Bura na mano, Holi hai."
There's another post by a girl from the same college who is willing to inspire women to speak against the "Bura na mano Holi hai" malady.
Holi has turned from 'celebration' to a festival where you can openly harass women.
Why are we not doing anything about this? Why have we accepted this as normal?
According to Indian Express, security arrangements have been made around the college, and proper points of contact have been listed for students to reach out to.
An autonomous women's collective of students from across Delhi known as Pinjra Tod has also called out to society at large for the discrimination that women face in India.
This has left a lot of people baffled as to what exactly happened. But what this entire incident has done has made people question the ugly side of Holi.
A day before the festival, students from another Delhi University College, Jesus and Mary, organised a protest against unruly Holi.
This was after a Jesus and Mary college student reported that a gang of boys on a bike threw semen-filled ballon at her.
So this Holi, rather than saying "Bura na mano holi hai," let's shout "Kyun na mane bura? Hum maanenge!"
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