Arrest warrant for Richard Gere kiss.Foreign investment: Good. Foreigners?: Vulgar criminals who should be locked up.
I would have arrested Gere for "Dr T and his Women" but it was a kiss of Shilpa Shetty that's going to land him in the slammer.
Arrest warrants for Gere and Shilpa over kiss
New Delhi: An Indian court issued arrest warrants for Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty yesterday, saying their kiss at a public function "transgressed all limits of vulgarity," media reports said.
Judge Dinesh Gupta issued the warrants in the northwestern city of Jaipur after a local citizen filed a complaint charging that the public display of affection offended local sensibilities, the Press Trust of India reported.
Gupta earlier viewed television footage of the event, which he called "highly sexually erotic," saying the pair violated India's strict public obscenity laws.
Shetty, who is currently on a religious pilgrimage in southern India, was upset by the news, said her spokesman Dale Bhagwagar. "She does hurt, she does feel low."
It looks like Elizabeth Hurley might also be making chapattis for a few years in an Indian jail.
Hurley's Indian wedding an insult, Hindus tell courtSeriously, this is an excellent example of the limits of Indian globalization. The want to be at the center of the "flat world" but I expect their classism, xenophobia and provincialism are going to put limits on that goal. I doubt that India is ready to accept the world with all its vulgarities.
JODHPUR (AFP) - An Indian court will this week hear testimony that British model Elizabeth Hurley and her husband Arun Nayar mocked Hindu traditions with their "showcase" wedding, a laywer said Tuesday.
A decision whether the glamorous couple should be prosecuted in the desert city of Jodhpur -- where they wed a month ago but may now risk jail -- could come as early as next week, said lawyer Hastimal Saraswat.
The pair staged a lavish ceremony at a Rajasthan fort that was exclusively covered by celebrity magazine Hello!, which reportedly paid two million pounds (3.9 million dollars) for the rights.
But after seeing the pictures in the magazine, an angry Jodhpur resident hired Saraswat to take legal action.
"Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar insulted Hindu tradition and I want them to be severely punished," Vishnu Khandelwal, a devout Hindu who runs a printing press, told AFP Tuesday.
The court has already heard from two witnesses, including Khandelwal, and will hear testimony from at least three more, including a Hindu priest, said lawyer Saraswat.
Khandelwal said he was upset when he saw Hurley and Nayar had taken alcohol prior to the religious rites and kissed near the sacred fire that Hindus hold to be the witness to the marriage.
"They sat on a sofa and they were supposed to sit on the floor," Khandelwal added.
His petition to the court -- which will decide whether or not to prosecute -- also pointed out that Hurley wore leather footwear near the fire, in a land that worships the cow.
"Liz and Nayar had already married in Christian tradition. In spite of this to make a profit they did a showcase marriage in Jodhpur," said Khandelwal.
The couple wed at an English castle prior to heading east for their Indian nuptials.
The bride's own father-in-law is considering testifying against the couple in the case, the lawyer said.
Vinod Nayar told Sunday tabloids in Britain he had severed ties with his son after the younger Nayar ejected him from the marriage proceedings at Hurley's behest.
"He is very upset with Liz," said Saraswat. "He has told us that if you need help in court I will give it."
The petition was filed under section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code, which makes it an offence punishable by three years in jail to "outrage" any group's religion with "deliberate and malicious intention."