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Virgin Tree: The Valentine’s Day Ritual at the Hindu College Brings Protest in India

Virgin Tree: The Valentine's Day Ritual at the Hindu College Brings Protest in India

Virgin Tree Puja is the Valentine’s Day ritual offered at Hindu College, New Delhi. However, the protesters called it the misogynistic and patriarchal practice.

The controversial Virgin Tree ritual involves male students harboring Puja. During the ritual, they hang balloons and posters of the Bollywood actresses as an avatar of the goddess Damdami Mai.

Virgin Tree: The Valentine’s Day Ritual at the Hindu College Brings Protest in India

Virgin Tree: The Valentine's Day Ritual at the Hindu College Brings Protest in India
Virgin Tree: The Valentine’s Day Ritual at the Hindu College Brings Protest in India

A male student dressed as a Hindu priest directs the Puja while the rest sings songs in praise of the “sexy and sexy goddess”. There is also a legend surrounding the tree that involves the loss of virginity within six months of worshiping the tree.

Male students describe it as harmless fun, but according to female students it is aimed at women.

The male students choose an actress who is attractive enough to call Damdami Mai and the Puja series of the brahmin rituals of caste pride,” a 20-year-old student said. to ban the ritual

In addition, he added that the event took place in a “hyper-masculine and aggressive environment” and in the past year the participation of women was “not even 5%”. She looked: a look at the videos from the previous year shows just a handful of women in the crowd of male students.

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