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If you are a tourist in India, you may be aware that Holi 2018 is just round the corner. On March 2, the whole country will be celebrating the Festival of Colors. While it is meant to be a vibrant festival that spreads happiness and joy all around, it comes with its set of problems. Playful throwing and applying of colors during the festival is often used as an excuse by perverts to get close to women – especially foreigners who may be deceived by the festivities and convivial ambiance all around. Unfortunately, there is a saying in India that people use to get away with crossing lines. It is “bura na mano, Holi hai” which translates to “don’t mind, it’s Holi”. Many perverts use this saying to forcefully grab people – men and women – and apply colors on them. It is high time that both locals and tourists understand that no festival can give you the excuse to cross personal boundaries and grab hold of people in that manner. So, if you are new to the Holi scene in India, please make sure that you do not entertain any such non-sense. ALSO SEE Holi 2018 Getaways: Quiet, Offbeat Places to Escape the Festival of Colors Also Read - Holi 2018 : Ekta Kapoor Hosts A Fun Filled Bash ; Shabir Ahluwalia, Kanchi Kaul, Erica Fernandes Attend - View Pics

If you are interested in playing Holi and indulging in the playful throw and application of colors, please use your discretion to choose the people you want to play Holi with. Your best bet would be your friends and people you trust. If you are amidst strangers, it is advisable to be on your guard. It is true that not everyone you meet is a pervert. There are several people who will be well-behaved and just greet you with a teeka (application of a straight vertical line of color on your forehead) or just apply some color on your cheek. This too should only be allowed if you are fine with it and if you get a general safe vibe from the person. If not, it is best to avoid strangers altogether. CHECK OUT Holi 2018 Long Weekend: Best Places near Mumbai for Short Trips Also Read - Holi Mein GST Jor Ke: Dinesh Lal Yadav aka Nirahua And Amrapali's Bhojpuri Song Crosses A Whooping 16 Million Views on YouTube

Things are changing in India and there are several media campaigns which are being promoted to inform people about sexual harassment and untoward behavior during Holi. Even so, please make sure that you play Holi in a safe environment and stay out of situations which seem tricky. Gatherings during Holi are often crowded and due to the powdered colors in the air, it is often difficult to even maintain clear sight. Keep this in mind and just stay alert.