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Bhopal: Youngsters prefer staying indoors than going out alone on Holi


BHOPAL: Holi brings fun, frolic, enthusiasm and sometimes trouble too. With the festivals of colours comes the fear of not going out alone, splash of colours, mud, balloon and other things being thrown at you on roads. Free Press talked to girls and boys about the things they faced during Holi and what they did in tough situations, and they came up with an easy solution to all the problems — stay inside. Yes, most people said they preferred staying inside rather than getting into any uncomfortable situation. They also shared that declaring Holi dry day also did not help because people always bought alcohol beforehand when they knew liquor would not be available on the day.

Suchi Mahanta, student

“When you are not from Bhopal you cannot stay all day inside the hostel but going out on Holi feels scary because people are all drenched in colours and intoxicated with alcohol and you never know how the drunkard on road will behave. So we go out only in the evening, that too with friends. Friends come to play Holi at our hostel only so that we don’t have to get out. Your safety is in your hands when you cannot stop the other person from drinking and misbehaving. Also one should always keep some safety device or sprays and emergency numbers handy as on this day the police stay quite alert.”

Sharda Singh, private employee

“I don’t like playing Holi; just uselessly splashing colours even if you don’t like it. So I stay inside. I don’t understand how it is justified to say ‘bura na mano holi hai’ and do anything. Saying so, people throw water, mud, water balloons on people commuting on roads and streets. People not just here but anywhere you go, behave very badly on this day. Commuting on roads alone feels scary.”

Ekta Rathore, private employee

“It is not secure at all. If you go out you are most likely to face eve teasing or some comment or colours will be thrown at you. My parents don’t allow me to go out alone on Holi and not just for them, I also don’t feel safe. People drink and create ruckus and you won’t be even able to recognise anyone properly.”

Akansha Dubey, student

“When moving out, not just on Holi, one must always keep pepper spray or any other equipment to handle unsavoury situations. My parents don’t allow me to go out on Holi obviously because roads are not safe and is filled with drunk Holi freaks. At times even enhanced police patrolling doesn’t help because they are not everywhere. So it is better to stay inside during the day.”

Akash Das, student

“I think it is really not safe to move out on Holi, especially when people are extra enthusiastic about smearing every neat and clean person. People don’t understand that if somebody is not liking to be smeared in colours, then one should be let free. Also, if you drink, the added adventure can really get you into trouble.”

Aman Pasricha, private employee

“Last year, a neighbour of mine died in a road accident on Holi. He was drunk and going somewhere with his friend. What is the point of such celebration? People should realise that to celebrate something drinking is not mandatory or important. This is just one case. I have seen children throwing water and balloons from their balconies on passersby and their parents also don’t stop them, which is bad. Such practices should be stopped, if we really want to celebrate festivals.”