Frenchwoman arrested for ‘porn’ nude video on Indian holy bridge


(CNN) – A 27-year-old French woman has been arrested for making a nude video on a sacred bridge over India’s Ganges River.

The woman, identified only as Mary-Helen, was arrested on 27 August by the local Indian police in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Laxman Jhula is a suspension bridge about five kilometers north of Rishikesh city.

It is said that the Hindu deity Lakshmana crossed the Ganges on the ropes of jute at the place on which the bridge now stands. The river is sacred to Hinduism and flows for 1,680 miles (2,704 kilometers) through India and Bangladesh.

Senior police officer RK Sakalani told CNN that the accused filmed material to promote his jewelery business.

“He shot the video in Laxman Jhula – it is considered a sacred bridge. He then had a pornographic photoshoot done at his hotel,” Sakalani said. “The pictures she shot were nude and she posted them on Instagram.”

Police reported the matter when some Indian followers of the woman identified the bridge in photographs and videos and reported the incident. A local councilor also filed a police complaint.

Sakalani told CNN that the woman in the video begins by wearing a shawl, but leaves it in the middle of filming, and appears naked with her back to the camera.

He is currently out on bail, charged with obscenity in a public place and obscene material has been published online.

Marie-Helen has reportedly made a statement to the French news agency AFP, stating that she had chosen to “(Laxman Jhula) partially expose because every time I crossed the bridge I felt myself Being harassed. My Indian sisters and fellow female travelers definitely. Have experienced the same. ”

“I’m sorry that my actions hurt the local community,” she said. “I lacked awareness of cultural specialties.”

Public nudity has also been a hot topic this week in France’s home country Marie-Helen. The right of women to sunbathe on the country’s beaches was defended by French Interior Minister Gerald Dermainine, after police officers saw two women soaking themselves in sunshine on Sainte-Marie-La-Mer in southern France in their bikini tops Asked to wear.

Although a sexual exhibition imposed on another person in a public place carries a fine of € 15,000 € (about $ 17,700) and a one-year prison sentence, local authorities are free to set their own rules when it comes to topless or nude sunbathing Comes.

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