Delhi women forced into lockdown amid Holi sexual harassment fears

Delhi women forced into lockdown amid Holi sexual harassment fears

Students attack ‘degrading’ decision to confine them to halls to avoid India’s colourful but sometimes rowdy festival

As India’s raucous spring festival of Holi approached this year, a memo circulated among two women’s dormitories at the University of Delhi.

“In the interests of the residents,” it said, undergraduate women would be locked inside the student halls from 9pm on Sunday until 6pm on Monday – well after most Indians had finished smearing each other in dye, dancing or drinking from cups of bhang lassi, a milky cannabis-based concoction.

Related: Paint-throwing and dancing at India’s Holi festival – in pictures

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