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    Arrow Is Holi Safe For Women - Stars Answer

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    By Subhash K Jha

    Is Holi unsafe for women? Bollywood reacts...

    Riya Sen: "Though Holi isn't safe for women, it should be. Everyone should feel equally free as it is a festival for every generation and gender. I feel it's a woman's prerogative to be where she chooses to be on Holi.

    It's the government's job to ensure adequate security for women everywhere during Holi. Finally though, security is matter of personal choice. We women are as safe as we want to be.

    Urmila Matondkar: "Holi isn't unsafe for a women provided you're cautious and play Holi with people who are known to you. In any case I'm not much into Holi, bhang and masti."

    Shabana Azmi: "The state must ensure safety and protection for women and men must make sure that the day of celebration doesn't turn into an occasion for mourning.

    Dino Morea: "Being a religious festival I'd presume it's safe for everyone, men or women. There are just some rare cases of miscreants picking on women. That's awful. And we must make sure such elements don't spoil the sanctity of the occasion."

    Nandana Sen: "As in any festival done in the Carnival spirit of non-stop revelery, women need to be careful. And why just women? Boys too. However the risk factor shouldn't prevent us from enjoying this the most beautiful of celebrations."

    Shefali Shah: "Holi is unsafe for women if they're with strangers. That's why I celebrate Holi only with my family and close friends."

    Malaika Arora: "As a woman and a parent I'd advise you to keep a constant vigil over your kids and to watch your steps if you're a woman. There's always some sick pervert lurking somewhere waiting to take advantage. Let's face it. It's an unsafe world.

    Manoj Bajpai: "Holi is absolutely unsafe for women. I don't recommend a walk on the streets for any woman on this day."

    Tusshar Kapoor: "Why just women? I think Holi is unsafe for everyone. We need to go easy on the colours and the revelery."

    Koena Mitra: 'I've always been scared of Holi. I love gulal. But it's true that a lot of people try to take advantage of the occasion.

    Strangers think they've the right to touch you just because it's Holi And you can't even protest without being called a spoilsport. So you either get upset or end up in a boy-bashing spree.

    Amrita Arora: "One should play Holi only wth close friends. Otherwise it gets dicey."

    Ravi Kissan: "Holi is safe for women as long as they know where and with whom they're playing. Be with a group that doesn't take advantage of you."

    Anuraag Sinha: "No I don't think Holi is unsafe for women We as society have evolved. We're civil as a rule. I'm sure people respect each other's dignity and space. And that goes for men as well as women.

    Celina Jaitley: "I definitely think Holi is an unsafe time for women. People take advantage of woman on the pretext of colouring them. Holi has also become a pretext for doing drugs and getting drunk.

    Mahesh Bhatt: "Why just Holi? India is and always has been unsafe for women."

    Jiah Khan: "Women have been celebrating Holi for centuries. There's no reason why they shouldn't continue to do so. If taken beyond limits, any situation gets unsafe. Let's all stay within boundaries. And Holi will continue to be barrels of fun.

    Aryan Vaid: "Holi does seem like a free-for-all for men. Women need to be cautious. They should play Holi only with those people they know well.



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