INSTEAD OF A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, ARE FESTIVALS IN FACT AN OCCASSION OF SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO FEMALE SAFETY?
In India, festivals are hugely significant in both the religous and cultural calendar and a cuase for celebration, across classes. Generally, in the environment, parent's let their guard down, and it is an occassion of much freer interaction between the sexes. However, due to the sense of celebration, frivolity, and density of people, does it actually have a negative imapct on female safety?
Festivals are high density and an opportunity to turn on the power of people and community watching out for each other.