In a horrific incident, a man allegedly raped a minor in school premises. The incident occurred on Holi, in Bihar's Begusarai district. The police confirmed the incident and said, the victim and her friend, stopped at school to enjoy the swing ride, when the accused identified as Chotu Kumar, raped the seven-year-old and assaulted her friend, a nine-year-old in an intoxicated state. The police registered a case and arrested Kumar.
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Ten people died in dry Bihar's two districts, after consuming illicit liquor, on Holi, said police on March 20. As per PTI, locals alleged illicit hooch business in the region, responsible behind the deaths and burnt tyres in protest. Meanwhile, Rita Kumari, SHO of University police station also said illicit liquor consumption could be the reason, but awaited confirmation through an autopsy. Notably, Bihar is dry state since six… read-more
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The people of West Bengal celebrated the festival of colors, predominantly known as 'Dol Utsav' in the state. Meanwhile, the people begin the day singing and dancing on the famous Tagore song "Ore Grihabasi, khol dwar khol laglo je dol…. (O home dweller, open the door, the Dol festival is here)." The festival of colors is celebrated across India by playing "gulaal" or powder color on each other.
The LGBT community in Kolkata celebrated Holi with colour abir and flowers. Ranjita Sinha, Transgender Community Board Member said, they are playing Holi to spread love and happiness in each other's lives. The LGBT community celebrated Holi by singing and dancing on the famous Rabindranath Tagore's song "Ore grihabasi, khol dwar khol laglo je dol". It is celebrated in Kolkata as Doljatra.
Women inmates of Indore Central jail made organic Holi colours out of fruits, vegetables and flowers. The inmates adapted the new skill from the NGOs who visited them, said Alka Sonar, jail superintendent. Reportedly, the raw materials provided to them were grown inside the premises. Sonar further stated that the skills these inmates have acquired will be used to make a livelihood once they are out.
The ISKCON Radhakanta temple in Dhaka was vandalized by 200 alleged extremists, on March 17. "It's a very unfortunate incident that took place on the eve of Dol Yatra & Holi celebrations. The United Nations had passed a resolution declaring March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia,'' stated vice-president of Iskcon India. Earlier in 2021, the Durga Puja pandal was vandalized by a mob.
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Durbar Mahila Coordination Committee, the largest organisation of sex workers in West Bengal, celebrated Holi on March 18. "The sex workers cannot go out and celebrate the festivals with other community so every year we organize various celebrations in Songachi red-light area," Bishakha Lasker said. Meanwhile, sex workers and children come together to play Holi. "We want them to live a life like all normal people," said Satabdi Das.
Reacting to the messages on saving water during Holi, Medical Education Minister of Madhya Pradesh Vishwas Sarang said that some people are trying to spread 'cultural terrorism' among youth. "A conspiracy is being hatched to drive our youth away from Hindu festivals," he said. "Why does this kind of thing come only during festivals?", he questioned. Furthermore, he said that people are "attacking" Hindu festivals and Hindu culture.
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The Islamic Centre of India has requested mosques to change the timings of Friday prayers on the occasion of Holi, as per sources. ''Since Holi, Shab-e-Barat, and Friday prayers are on the same day, all efforts should be made to ensure peace and order in keeping with the composite culture of the country,'' stated Muslim authority. Notably, about 22 mosques have changed the timing of the Friday prayers till now.
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Following the decades-old tradition, the Khatu Shyam Ji Nishan Yatra began in Assam's Nagaon, ahead of Holi. The yatra lasts for three to four days and 1500 devotees participate. Furthermore, from the last two years due to COVID-19, the yatra had not taken place as it is open this year padyatra will also take place. "People from all age groups will participate in this Rath Yatra," said a devotee.