French woman arrested for making naked video on Indian holy bridge

A French woman simply identified as Marie-Helene has been arrested by the Indian Police for making a naked video of herself on a holy bridge in the Indian city of Rishikesh.

According to police sources, the 27-year-old now faces charges under India’s internet law with a maximum sentence of three years jail if found guilty, AFP reports.

French woman arrested for making naked video on Indian holy bridge

She was detained Thursday after posting footage of herself on the Lakshman Jhula, a footbridge over the Ganges river made famous by the Beatles in the 1960s and which remains a draw for backpackers and yoga practitioners.

“Maybe in France these things are not considered objectionable. But Rishikesh is a holy place and the Lakshman Jhula is the place where (Hindu gods) Ram, his brother Lakshman and wife Sita crossed the Ganges.” R.K. Saklani, head of the police station where the woman was taken, told AFP.

Police only identified the woman by her first name Marie-Helene and said she had been in Rishikesh since March, just before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown was introduced. “She told us she sells bead necklaces online and the shoot was aimed at promoting her business,” Saklani said.

Apart from the video on the bridge, the French woman had also taken naked pictures inside a hotel room Saklani added. Police were alerted after the footage and photos were posted on social media.

The woman has been released on bail and the case could take months to complete, the officer said. Her mobile phone has been seized as part of the investigation.

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