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To: Red Badger; kalee; Crawdad; SmoothTalker; Fudd

India’s penal code has plenty of remnant British Victorian-era laws, that are occasionally brought to notice through the actions of celebrities. This “public obscenity” issue is one of them, the others include homosexuality, and there are various groups trying to bring about a purge of all antiquated laws.

Keep a watch on this case. Nothing will happen. Just like the handful of such cases that precede this one.


17 posted on 04/26/2007 9:03:05 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=18847

INDIA: Court raps media for video photos of actress kissing
Media lawyer argues that the court’s rulings could pose a threat to media because celebrities can sue a paper even if news is true

The Straits Times
Monday, December 20, 2004

India’s Supreme Court has rapped the media for publishing a secretly filmed video said to show a top Bollywood actress locked in a ‘steamy’ kiss with her beau in a restaurant.

‘That cannot be in the public good,’ Supreme Court Judge Y.K. Sabharwal said on Friday. ‘In the name of public good, can the media go on doing whatever it intends to do?’

He was hearing a petition by the editor of Mid Day newspaper challenging a section of the Indian penal code which covers privacy for people in the public eye. The paper claimed it was within its rights to publish the celebrity pictures.

Hindi film actress Kareena Kapoor has threatened to sue the Hindu newspaper for 200 rupees (S$7.50) for publishing the pictures under her name.

Reports said the two were locked in a ‘steamy French kiss’.

The racy evening tabloid has insisted the video is indeed of Kapoor and actor Shahid Kapoor - the duo are not related.

The two said it was a case of mistaken identity.

The intimate shots had been taken via a cellphone with a video function. Though they are of poor quality, TV channels have played the whole clip over and over again.

Lawyer Harish Salve of the mainstream daily Hindu newspaper said the existing law could pose a grave threat to freedom of expression as it allows celebrities to initiate defamation proceedings even when a report is true.

Mr Salve said it was in the public interest for the media to cover the lives of celebrities.

The hearing continues.

While India’s traditionally Victorian values have taken a severe battering from Western influence in recent years, tongue-kissing in public is still not something celebrities are expected to be seen doing.

Date Posted: 12/20/2004


18 posted on 04/26/2007 9:08:51 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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