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UNFPA chief Farah Usmani shares a picture of a woman celebrating Holi as ‘harassment’, quietly deletes post after the lady objects

Author: Opindia Staff
Publication: Opindia.com
Date: September 23, 2019
URL:      https://www.opindia.com/2019/09/farah-usmani-vullary-awasthi-holi-harassment-unfpa-facebook/

Usmani, however, on her own Facebook wall, where she had uploaded the misleading image, has not put up a clarification as to show that she misinterpreted a friendly Holi picture as harassment. She has quietly deleted the Facebook post.

United Nations Population Fund Chief Farah Usmani on Saturday shared an image of a woman playing Holi with her friends and family, without her permission, and dubbed it as ‘harassment’. In the image, a man can be seen holding the lady’s hand from behind while other man puts colour on her. Taking the image out of context, Usmani claimed that this was harassment.
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Vullary Awasthi
21 September at 02:18 ·
An evidence of spreading fake news!? This picture of me playing Holi with my brothers got downloaded and was put on blast without knowing the context. This is how you spread hate! This is how you influence people with your words without having any context and create an atmosphere of hate! A funny game of Holi between my family got turned into this . Farah Usmani

Farah Usmani
Yesterday at 22:27
Do you think this person is willingly playing Holi? Why are her hands being held back? Is her expression of enjoyment? Who is really having fun?
Do not be afraid to express yourself when you do not like any action and ensure that your wish is respected.
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Vullary Awasthi, took to Facebook to let Usmani know that the men in above image are her brothers and the image was downloaded and shared without context. “This is how you spread hate. This is how you influence people with your words without having any context and create atmosphere of hate,” she said. She had tagged Usmani in her post as well.

Taking to Twitter, Awasthi said that she is shocked because her image was uploaded with privacy settings on which would mean someone had downloaded it and spread it around. Usmani, in her defence said that the point she was trying to make was generic. “Many women and girls have difficulty in saying no to many advances that they do not like,” Usmani said that she had no intention to offend anyone and hence had removed the post.
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vishal chauhan @vishalc17146507
22 Sep 2019
Replying to @neha_aks and 2 others
Might be an old deleted post. And somebody might have the SS of it
I can also not find the original link

Vullary @vullary
Her response

Varalika Srivastava
Wtf! Reported it.

Farah Usmani
Thank you for tagging me: This is not personal. I do not know you or your photos . Also my understanding was the identity cannot be deciphered. The point being made was generic, through questions only . Many women and girls have difficulty in saying no to many advances that they do not like. There are many many instances in many circumstances. I receive issues and information that women/girls feel strongly about to advocate for them. There was no intention to offend anyone and hence I have removed the post. Vullary Awasthi
18:32 - 22 Sep 2019
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Usmani, however, on her own Facebook wall, where she had uploaded the misleading image, has not put up a clarification as to show that she misinterpreted a friendly Holi picture as harassment. She has quietly deleted the Facebook post.

 
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