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Sexy Bhojpuri songs annoy women


Prabhakar Kumar,CNN-IBN
Jun 20, 2007 at 02:51am IST

Patna: Bhojpuri numbers are usually popular during Holi in Bihar. But not this time, at least not with the women folk who think they are getting an unfair deal.

Women across many villages in Bihar are protesting sexual innuendos in Bhojpuri songs specially those composed for Holi.

They say the lyrics have undertones and that the songwriters look at women only as sex objects.

"The administration should look into the matter and if they don’t do anything to stop these numbers from playing out, we women will raise our voices,” says an activist, Anita Devi.

“It’s the collective fault of people who write the songs, sing them and listen to them,” says activist Chandrawati Devi.

Bhojpuri Holi numbers have a huge market in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. But the number of people who think the songs are obscene is on the rise.

And it's not just activists.

"This is wrong. Just to sell their product, these people are targeting the others,” says Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishen.

But opinion is divided among the women and the men patrons. The song may be lewd and offensive to some, but patrons and regular listeners continue to have a ball.

But this time on, the fairer sex has launched a crusade against this trend, sending out a warning signal that women being portrayed as sex objects will not be taken lying down.

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