Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Kama Sutra to Me Baby



A court in India has dismissed criminal proceedings against a married couple charged with obscenity for allegedly kissing in public in the capital, Delhi.

According to the story, the high court judge wondered how an "expression of love by a young married couple" could attract an obscenity charge. The maximum punishment for committing an "obscene act" is three months in prison.

Public displays of affection are still largely taboo in In
dia.

Police arrested the couple - a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman - for kissing near a station last September.

The police in Delhi had begun criminal proceedings against the couple for "sitting in an objectionable position near a metro (railway station) pillar and kissing due to which passersby were feeling bad."

The judge expressed surprise that the couple had been picked up and charged by police despite officers being told that they were married.

Have you seen Slumdog Millionaire (and if you haven't...*hits upside the head*) and the scenes with the Indian police...um..."interrogations?" Well, that's not entirely movie fiction or great acting (I mean the acting WAS great!), my friends. Indian police are VERY scary. Trust me.

As with any police force, there are good cops and bad cops, but within the Indian police force, there definitely seems to be rampant corruption, that has been embeded from decades of historical, political roots.

But once again...I digress...

I just don't get my people...and by MY people, I mean the country, India.

I mean, this is the country that came up with THE Kama Sutra, yet PDA is unacceptable?! I just don't get it!

The entire country is rifled with contradictions.

No public sex or PDA is allowed, but yet, the population is growing by leaps and bounds - with more than a BILLION people - mainly because sex education is still not socially accepted. The result? India is the second largest populated country in the world, with millions of "poor" people having more than five children PER family, most of whom aren't educated and live in slums.

But yet, the Bollywood industry - one of the largest film-producing franchises globally - churns out thousands of films a year, filled with scantily-clad guys and dolls, writhing/gyrating in rhythmic dance and song, along to an inevitable romantic-dramatic plot line.

If sex/love is so taboo, why is it acceptable to intently glorify/promote it on screen? Guess it's the whole fantasy-beats-reality schpeal.

Another contradiction? If the Bollywood formula is applied to "made for TV," it's taboo. That's right. Love/sex is only allowed on the big screen. There is no such thing as the "boob tube."

And speaking of Slumdog Millionaire, the most-globally talked about recent film in years, DOES include a...shock! gasp!...kissing scene...and not to mention more potentially offensive, sexually-controversial subject matter than that of a married couple stealing a quite kiss near a crowded train station (which ironically is the same setting where the Slumdog kiss takes place.)

Indians need to get a freakin reality check!

They shouldn't be offended by a married couple showing affection for each other, but rather, be offended by the way they are destroying their country and the world with their stubborn and reckless reproductive practices.

Maybe they should take a lesson from Cookie Monster...

2 comments:

mark said...

Oh Cookie Monster what have you become?

A said...

I am an Indian and you are absolutely right.

In general, people here have a very high opinion of themselves believing that westerners lack the 'culture' and 'character' that these people do. Its unfortunate but true.