In the annual lead-up to Thailand’s water-soaked new year festivities, Bangkok officials habitually roll out an admonition: In order to avoid sexual harassment, women must watch how they dress.
But this year’s warning, issued in the wake of the #MeToo movement, has triggered a monumental backlash on social media.
Plenty of social media users quickly chimed in to agree.
Thailand’s annual Songkran celebration and its tradition of using water to cleanse away misfortune has evolved into what has been dubbed the “world’s biggest water fight,” drawing huge crowds of locals and tourists alike.
In a recent survey of 1,650 women, nearly 60% of respondents said they had been groped during Songkran, and only a small number reported the incidents to police, according to Bangkok-based nonprofit Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation.