Just how is this dress an affront to Hindu culture?

In a State that is battling the ban on jallikattu, Shriya Saran, the Haridwar-born heroine of Sivaji, has run foul of the Hindu Makkal Katchi for dressing in a “provocative” manner that “offended” Hindu culture at a public function in “conservative” Madras, to mark the silver jubilee of the Rajnikant starrer.

The function was held at the University of Madras on Friday, January 11, where Tamil Nadu chief minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi, no darling of Hindu elements himself following the Ram sethu controversy, was the chief guest.

According to the website Tamilstar.com, whose reporter was presumably at the scene of the crime, Shriya was “wearing an off-white dress that rode up her knees while she sat, and a plunging neckline that highlighted her hour-glass figure”. Police have told UNI: ”We have given a community service register against the (HMK) petition and will probe the case.”

The actresses had landed in trouble even before the release of the film when censor board objections over her navel display had forced director Shankar to reshoot portions of a song.

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The questions are obvious: Is this attire really offensive to Hindu culture? Says who, and on what basis? Surely, you have seen far more provocative and offensive pictures? Why are only actresses from the North landing in trouble in Madras—Khushboo being the other major victim?

How do the police register such obviously frivolous complaints? Don’t the courts have anything better to do than entertain such cases? And how come movies and TV shows which are watched by millions more go through without a squeak whereas tiny functions open to a select few come under the scanner?

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