Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation)

Tripoto
5th Mar 2017

“BuRa nA mAno HolI hAi”

{ Experience of Female Photographer @barsana }

Day 1

It takes a lot to make a great image. But, how can one focus on getting all these done, when a major part of your mind is occupied in protecting yourself from intoxicated men? Bura na mano, holi hai! Is this phrase enough to justify misbehaviour in the name of celebration?

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Photo of Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India by Anurag Anu

{ Group of boys molested the girl and while she opposed they slapped her and push her back, and she started crying & left the place. }

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

{ A man aged 30-35 molesting girl & rest people are smiling and enjoying }

It takes a lot to make a great image. But, how can one focus on getting all these done, when a major part of your mind is occupied in protecting yourself from intoxicated men? Bura na mano, holi hai! Is this phrase enough to justify misbehaviour in the name of celebration?

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

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The temple is a place open to all. Everyone is equal in the eyes of God. But I am glad the upper part of the temple was not open for all. It didn’t make me feel entirely safe, but better than the situation in the bottom section where all the “action” happened. Random men would come and apply colours to my face and wish Happy Holi. I don’t have problem with colours. After all, I am here for the festival of colours.

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu
Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu
Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

But, there is a decent way of doing it. What is it with 4-5 men in groups surrounding and blinding you with colours, singing lewd songs and asking you “Madam, ek selfie. Please.” Not all men are like these. But, there are so many of these, you cant expect even your decent friends to protect you. Nobody would get in a fight to protect a lady. Least of all photographers, since we have our expensive cameras with us, which may break in case of a fight.

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu
Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu
Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

Legend has it that Lord Krishna visited his beloved Radha’s village on Holi and playfully teased her and her friends. Taking offence at this, the women of Barsana chased him away. The tradition is still followed. Males sing provocative songs in a bid to invite the attention of women, who then beat them with their lathis. This is tradition. The women are equipped with a lath and the men are ready to be hit. What about those females who dont have a weapon with them? Take advantage of the situation, they cant do anything. Blame it on the chaos of the crowd. Call it tradition. Our gods did it, its acceptable to do it. Bura na mano, Holi hai.

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

I would have loved to go close to the crowd and capture happy people dancing and throwing colours in air. After some initial trial, and being groped a few times, I made peace with the fact that I should stay in the upper region and get the best images I could from that area. I saw interesting people down, whose portraits I would have loved to capture. Or some action happening, which would have looked better in a close up. But, I couldnt from this area. I got some good shots, that made me happy. The “Gops of Nandgaon” would pick out females and target only them. I was drenched multiple times. Protecting my camera was my priority. Upon resisting, I was met with the threaten-“Abhi to tu das baar rang lagwaegi humse.” Bura na mano, Holi hai.

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

Will I come back next year? Maybe. Maybe not. It all comes to the point of how willing you are to get that shot.

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

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Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

Do’s and Dont’s:

1. It is better to wear loose cotton clothes which dry quickly. 5-6 hours of wearing wet clothes may lead to cold and rashes.

2. Protective gear for the camera is the most essential thing. There are various kinds of rain guards available in market. A simple Do-it-Yourself may also work.

3. Its best to cover oneself as much as possible. A lot of people with the mentality of “Look at her clothes. She is asking for it.” visit the temple as well.

4. Do not get in a fight. Try to avoid as much as possible. Most people are intoxicated during the celebration and things can get out of hands in a matter of seconds.

5.Buy Water Bottle before entering at temple

Photo of Do Me Favour Let's Play Holi (Place for Mass Molestation) by Anurag Anu

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