On Indian TikTok, Women are Being Groped and Assaulted Because ‘Holi Hai!’

Screengrabs of TikTok movies.

When will this harassment within the identify of Holi cease?

  • News18.com
  • Final Up to date: March 11, 2020, 9:32 AM IST

‘Bura na mano, Holi hai’ has been the Indian pretense to assault ladies since so long as human reminiscence can keep in mind. ‘Consent’ appears to be a distant issue when the pageant of color swings by yearly. And yearly, the hooliganism appears to tackle newer varieties.

This 12 months, most of the Holi horrors unfolded on the video-sharing app TikTok with movies of individuals forcibly placing color on individuals went viral earlier than Holi. Most of the movies, in fact, featured ladies who had been harassed for the sake of the video underneath the pretense of Holi celebrations.

On this horrible video, two boys could be seen forcibly dropping what seems to be mud on a lady after they eliminated her dupatta to uncover her face.

In one other, a lady could be seen sitting along with her head bent on the ground whereas surrounded by quite a few reveling males and a lady. The boys had been pelting her head with color-filled balloons. Very similar to the final video, it didn’t seem like the girl consented to the “celebrations”. Many such movies appeared on Tik Tok.

And these weren’t all. There have been so, so, so many.

Even males weren’t spared. On this video, for instance, a person could be seen forcibly placing silver paint on an older man who clearly didn’t benefit from the expertise, neither did he give permission for it.

Most of the movies have been deleted from TikTok after backlash as a few of them had been clear documentation of assault. In reality, some weren’t even SUGGESTIVE of violence however precise depictions of assault and violence towards ladies handed off as humour.

Whereas the development of violent TikTok movies that promote violence towards ladies and violation of consent could also be new this 12 months, the normalisaton of such violence has been an endless course of in India, what with movies, songs and popular culture references selling such behaviour as “celebration” and “mirth”. The very fact stays that even in the present day, many ladies corresponding to presumably those seen within the movies, face misbehavior and assault on Holi.

And now, it seems to be like individuals are actually monetizing such violence by placing movies of it on on-line platforms for likes.


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