New Delhi: A Delhi University college student has claimed in a social media post that a group of unidentified men allegedly threw a “semen-filled” balloon at her recently saying ‘bura na maano holi hai’.
Police said the incident has come to their knowledge and they are trying to contact the girl so that an investigation can take place. “We have not received any complaint regarding this yet,” a senior police official said.
In her Instagram post on February 24, the girl, who is from the northeast, said, “I went out with a friend for lunch to a cafe in Amar Colony Market. At around five when heading back in a rickshaw there came flying my way a liquid-filled balloon hitting me in the hip where it burst open, its content seeping into my dress. “It dried white on my black leggings…
I did not guess what it really was. Only when I returned to my hostel to hear another friend of mine talking about semen-flinging,” she said. “Not a single person in that busy market batted a single eyelid at the sight of men throwing such balloons,” she said in the post.
The student recalled the ordeal she underwent and said, “Ever since in moved to this city seven months ago, I ‘ve been bumped by more than once by men.” All accidentally of course. Hands have patted on me inappropriately,” she said adding that she has also been called derogatory names. The Delhi University had yesterday announced elaborate internal and external security arrangements on campus, hostels and other colleges to counter any possible threat under the garb of Holi celebrations.
“My white kurta doesn’t invite you to throw balloons on me. A girl walking alone on road doesn’t invite you to wish her happy holi by touching her body.
3:58 pm I’m walking on road reading @t******* ‘s posts and thinking how horrible is that and exactly after that I feel a balloon hitting my back and just after some seconds I feel another on my feet. I literally couldn’t move after that and after a min I hear “HAPPY HOLI”. I couldn’t analyse what just happened, I felt so helpless. All the worst things were going in my mind. “What if they come back?” “ what should I do? Should I shout?” It’s high time that we all should speak about this and we should take a step against it. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I am feeling rn. Let’s stand against this. Let us tell them the right way. Throwing balloons of semen on women doesn’t prove your masculinity. It is a shame that we connect things like these to our festivals. The whole concept of “Bura na mano holi hai” should honestly get banned because YES we feel bad , disgusting when men like you come out on streets around holi.”
@DelhiPolice on almost everyday basis, female students face and tolerate various kinds of harassment. I thought I was aware of all the methods, but throwing semen-filled water balloons on girls is very disgusting and intolerable. We need your help. @DelhiPolice @aajtak @abpnewstv
— sanya rewala (@sanyarewala) February 26, 2018
Some boys in India are celebrating Holi by throwing balloons at girls….filled with semen. Because how dare a girl survive a festival without being harassed right?
— Tanvi 吴 (@sinvicosvi) February 26, 2018
#TuesdayThoughts Throwing semen filled balloons, throwing balloons at women's genitalia, groping breasts, it's that time of the year again! Time to stay indoors to stay safe! #holi #buranamanoASSholihai https://t.co/jgAhbaCXVw
— MyDailyFeminism (@SwapnaNow) February 27, 2018