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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Rakhi Sawant and the obscenity law

Dibyo points me to news that Rakhi Sawant was recently refused permission by the Hyderabad police to perform at an event there. She was slated to do an act at the "annual general body meeting of Suchir India Developers Private Limited," but the cops got in the way and said that "no obscene acts will be allowed."

I really should have blogged about this yesterday, it would have been a suitably ironic comment on the nature of our freedom. (Like this one -- via Madhu; more here.) What right do cops have to rule on the content of a privately organised event for adults as long as no coercion of any kind is taking place? This is incredibly condescending, and the shareholders of Suchir India Developers Private Limited are effectively being told that they are not capable of deciding for themselves what is obscene and what isn't, so the state must do it for them. I'm just glad the state didn't land up to feed them Horlicks and change their diapers. Now, that's an obscene thought.

(More on Rakhi Sawant: 1, 2, 3.)
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