Applying colours and throwing balloons forcefully at passers-by during Holi celebrations may invite police retaliation under Section 188 of the IPC.
Delhi Police has issued a warning saying that applying colours and throwing balloons forcefully at passers-by during Holi celebrations may land them in trouble. Its advisory reads: “The person shall be booked under Section 188 of IPC if he/she forcibly throws balloons at someone.”
Delhi police’s warning has come in the wake of a complaint by Delhi University student, who claimed on a social media post that a group of unidentified men allegedly threw semen-filled balloons at her recently.
The student in her Instagram post on February 24 wrote: “I went out with a friend for lunch to a cafe in Amar Colony market. At around five, when heading back in a rickshaw, there came flying my way a liquid-filled balloon hitting me in the hip where it burst open; its content seeping into my dress.”
She continued, “It dried on my leggings. I did not guess what it really was. Only when I returned to my hostel, another friend of mine talked about 'semen-flinging'.”