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We will claim our Holi fun

Girls have formed special task cells and joined volunteer groups to ensure a safe Holi. Namya Sinha tells more.

entertainment Updated: Mar 18, 2011 00:28 IST
Namya Sinha

Women in Vrindavan may have stayed at home during the pre-Holi festivities earlier this week to avoid harassment, but Delhi girls will not let hooligans ruin their festive fun. They have formed all-girl groups and joined voluntary task forces to help girls in the campus paint the town red.

A group of girls from Delhi University’s Student Union (DUSU) has set up a special cell for the festival. “We want girls to play Holi worry-free. We have a special cell of eight girls, which will patrol campuses through the day and drag miscreants to the SHO of the area,” says Neetu Dabas, general secretary, DUSU.

Delhi Metro’s citizen task force is also set to take on the Holi hooligans in full force. “We have 600 volunteers who are being geared up for Holi,” says Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC. Among them, 150 are women.

The Delhi Government has also imposed Section 144 to check miscreants from harassing women on the city streets. Also, for the first time, a person found drinking and driving on Holi will not just be challaned but be jailed. “If someone tries to play Holi with an unwilling person, they will be punished,” says Rajan Bhagat, PRO, Delhi Police. He adds that there will be double the number of women cops in plain clothes in and around the DU campus.

“The security at campus gates will ensure no one enters without an ID,” says HP Singh, proctor, DU.

Students, too, are not in the mood to let anything dampen their spirits. “I will not let fear spoil my Holi. If someone acts smart, I’ll drag him to the police,” says Diksha Arora of Ram Lal Anand College. “This time, we have a lot of security in place, and I’m definitely going to play,” says Niyati Pandey of Hindu College.

I’m glad things are changing: Neha Dhupia
The festival of Holi is incredible; it is like one big grand carnival. I used to celebrate it a lot during my childhood days. But then, with time, the perception about the festival underwent a huge change in terms of it become dirtier and unsafe. I never played Holi during my campus days in Delhi, as I found it unsafe. But, I am glad that Delhi girls are taking an initiative to make things better. It is fantastic that everyone is coming together to make Holi a fun but safe affair.

As told to Minakshi Saini