Fury in India over video of female Japanese teen being molested in Delhi during Holi: Campaigners slam 'completely shameful behaviour' as it reignites row over females being targeted by 'Holi harassment'
A Japanese woman was sexually assaulted by a group of men during the celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi in the latest case of what has become known as 'Holi harrassment' in India.
A video of the teenage tourist has gone viral since the attack on Wednesday, in which five or six men and boys can be seen gro her.
The incident reportedly took place in the capital's Paharganj area, which is popular with Western backpackers, including Brits.
Three people, including a minor, have now been arrested in connection with it.
In the video, men forcefully smear the woman's face with colours and even smash an egg on her head as they shove her between them, all while screaming 'happy Holi'.
The young woman is seen trying to cover her face and escape the aggressive gang, holding her arms up to protect her face.
She can be heard saying 'itai, itai' in the footage - which is Japanese for 'it hurts' - as she tries to evade her attackers, and eventually slaps one man as he launches himself towards her before slip down an alleyway.
There have also been reports that the victim has now left India, and an email has been sent to the Japanese embassy requesting her details, the police have said.
No complaint regarding misbehaviour involving any foreigner was received by the local police station, Delhi police said in a statement.
Upthesock, Manchester, United Kingdom
India isn't a safe place for women, don't go there.
BillyGoat on Roids, Glasgow , United Kingdom
Superpower,don't make me laugh,backwards more like,sanctions should be brought in against this country until they sort out their atrocious record on abuse against women.
Lancaster George, Chicago, United States
Too many such incidents in that country. It needs to stop
Goldilocks81, Berlin, Germany
I traveled around northern india alone for 5 months 15 years ago. This happened to me and others many times.
someonetookmyusernam, somewhere, United Kingdom
Disgusting but why are their faces blocked off. Let them show who they are.
Ramakrishna Hosur, Bangalore, India
I have always dreaded this festval with its aggressive and unruly behaviour
TigerLadyDFW, The Republic of Texas, United States
There are far too many men in that part of the world who treat women horrifically. There are more reports of secs ual assault from that area that anywhere else. Absolutely shameful.
JeremyJohnson , London, United Kingdom
Sexual abuse on that scale should lead to this country facing sanctions
IlIIlIlIIlllIIlIlIl, Two Genders, United Kingdom
Why is it so hard for some people to treat women like they would want their mother/sister etc treated?
Marlene Jackson, Anna Bay, Australia
What is wrong with these men in India? We keep reading about these horrendous things happening to women, What is the government doing, very little.
At least we know it doesn't happen in the UK...
Mal Abdul, london, United Kingdom
Hardly surprising. This is india after all.
Astrid , Morpeth, United Kingdom
This is one of the few places I wouldn't be comfortable with my daughter travelling to, even with her boyfriend is no deterrent for those men intent on this behaviour.
Cantstomachthetruth, Geneva, Switzerland
My ex-girlfriend who is a cardiac surgeon in Geneva told me how an Indian Hindu medical trainee told her he wouldn't change his clothes in the same room as a woman. Not because of shame but he regarded her as inferior. This happened in the USA.
barney15c, London, United Kingdom
And the indian government will do precisely nothing
BBB-GDR, Crazy World , United States
Why did they blur out the perps faces?
Adelaide citizen, Adelaide, Australia
Welcome to India.
Purpleskies, London, United Kingdom
Similar to how Women are treated here in the UK. By men.
PensiveCricket, New York City, United States
Disgusting! They have zero respect for women and female children
Horrendous disgusting individuals
Helloted, London, United Kingdom
Appalling, in anywhere in the world.
BScaller, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The entire country is a disaster
milly, southwest, United Kingdom
They do it here too
BillyGoat on Roids, Glasgow , United Kingdom
Superpower,don't make me laugh,this country is still in dark ages,shocking.
The bob end , Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Gladiator, Arena, United Kingdom
The fact that this happened in a religious festival makes it diabolical
Oxford Teacher, Oxford, United Kingdom
My daughter had awful trouble and multiple incidents of revolting behaviour by Indian men !! Why is this tolerated. They behave as badly in the Uk.
Amae, Winchester, United Kingdom
I lived in India between the ages of 18-23. The mentality of a lot of men I'm sorry to say is dreadful. I was groped most days and I am not exaggeration. It's a huge problem.