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Offensive posters in JNU calls ‘Holi an anti-women festival’

New posters have come up on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus that describes Holi as an ‘anti-women festival’.

India TV News Desk [ Published on: March 30, 2016 8:06 IST ]
JNU Campus
JNU Campus

New Delhi: New posters have come up on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus that describes Holi as an ‘anti-women festival’.

Titled ‘what is holy about Holi’, the posters plastered on the walls of eateries, markets and schools on the campus are also doing the rounds on social media.

The poster says that as ‘historically it has sexually abused Dalit women in the name of celebrations’.

"Why does Brahminical-patriarchal India celebrate the burning of Holika, an asura bahujan woman? What is holy about Holi? Historically, the festival has also sexually abused Dalit women in the name of celebrations," the posters read.

The text on the posters further read ‘celebration of Holi is against womanhood’. The posters carry the name of a group -- Flames of Resistance (FOR).

A JNUSU office bearer said she hasn't heard of any such group. "It seems to be some new group," the official said.

The campus, which was recently rocked by a controversy triggered by an event last month to mark the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, has become the nerve centre of a debate on freedom of speech.

Recently, a group of students had burnt ancient legal text Manusmriti alleging some of its excerpts had "derogatory" references to women.

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