I normally do not post twice a day but such is the situation that I have to break all rules, interrupt regular programming and bring you breaking news.
Rakhi Sawant, India’s wonder girl, has become one of the first persons to be charged under the new Domestic Violence Law for women, a law that people thought was meant to bring violent husbands to book.
A local court on Monday admitted a criminal complaint against Bollywood ‘item girl’ Rakhi Sawant, recently involved in a kissing row with pop singer Mika, charging her with obscene performance at a show here on October 28.
Chief Judicial Magistrate (Patna) Sushma Sinha admitted the complaint filed by advocate Sruti Singh and transferred the case to the court of Shahaab Kausher, a magistrate, for further hearing to be taken up on November 10.
In her complaint, Singh alleged Rakhi’s performance here on October 28 violated the Indecent Representation of Women (Prevention) Act of 1985 and the Domestic Violence Law for women that came into effect from October 27.
She charged the obscene performance before a gathering of 3,000 or more was prohibited under these laws.
She filed the complaint under Sections 160 (punishment for committing affray), 253(a) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 290 (punishment for public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided) and 292 (sale of obscene books) of the Indian Penal Code.
RTDM’s legal correspondent informed us that there is some confusion whether the case is going to Shahaab Kausher, of whom little is known or Shabab Kissher, who is known to be very lenient in these matters, being very “shababi” and “kababi”.
Our legal team is also stumped as to why a obscene performance before a gathering of 3,000 or more is prohibited by these laws but not for a gathering of say 2,999.
With the Bihar government ordering a total media blackout, the only person who could bring us more news was the redoubtable Lara Larani of IndiaDaily, the recent winner of the Greatbong’s Howitzer award for excellence in journalism. In a typically crisp headline that hits us where it matters, Ms. Larani says in the IndiaDaily editorial:
Rakhi Sawantr went topless while performing – lands in trouble with a criminal complaint
Nov. 4, 2006
The glam girl who wants to sell sex on the screen is now in trouble again after making truce with Mika the kisser of the year.
She was performing on October 28 and for a little time she started teasing the males with her exposed top. That brought attention of authorities.
A criminal complaint about an obscene performance by her has been filed in a court here. Her fans were chanting “do Rakhi do” but the local authorities are eager to “stop Rakhi stop”.
We are still trying to get more information about whether the audience, while shouting “do Rakhi do” meant “give Rakhi give” or “two Rakhi two” or “do (it) Rakhi do (it)—all of which make perfect sense given the context.
Advocate Singh who had filed the complaint refused to speak to media but RTDM found out from sources close to Ms. Singh that she took this step not because she is a person with too much time on her hands and a desire to see her name in the media but because Bihar is known to be tectonically active and it has been proven in Pakistan that obscene performances set off earthquakes.
Garhi Habibullah — Four people handed over their television sets for setting on fire after the Imam (prayer leader) of Eid Gaah, Garhi Habibullah, issued a call to the general public to destroy their TVs to put an end to â€˜increasing obscenityâ€™.
Prayer leader Shafqat-ur-Rehman, when contacted by this reporter, said he had issued the call to general public for putting their TV sets on fire because he believed that obscenity being spread through cable networks was responsible for the devastating earthquake.
“I made a call to this effect during combined Dua following Fajr prayers on Monday (Oct 10, 2005)” said Mr Rehman, adding that “the destruction caused by the earthquake was Godâ€™s wrath for the obscenity promoted by cable networks”.
Panic about imminent earthquakes was fanned by malicious rumours of Manisha Koirala doing a dance performance in Patna.
We will keep this page updated as details DO emerge.