Indian lawyers accuse Gere of ‘obscene act’ – Celebrity News –

Jeesh!  I thought India was more progressive than Pakistan

Such cases against celebrities — often filed by publicity seekers — are common in conservative India. They add to a backlog of legal cases in the country that has nearly crippled the judicial system.

I wish they would have explained the above paragraph more – maybe even some citations.  Because knowing that they are “frivolous” lawsuits makes a difference.  Was the case in Pakistan (linked above) also a “frivolous” case?  Did the case get sensationalized here by leaving some facts out of the story?

Are these people really subject to jail time, or is this just making something out of nothing?

I know I have at least a dozen readers from India – what do you think?

As always, anonymous comments (as long as they are polite) are welcome.




NEW DELHI – Three lawyers filed complaints in Indian courts against actor Richard Gere and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty for kissing at a public function, a news report said Wednesday.

Source: Indian lawyers accuse Gere of ‘obscene act’ – Celebrity News –


  1. Oh, and the girl’s getting arrested too, I think on the grounds of “going against the Indian Culture” or something like that. When will those grown-ups grow up?

  2. This just in: link

  3. @Scott: Dude, the drama would’ve been the same even if the guy were Indian. Believe me.

  4. For a society who has been deeply damaged by colonialism can one think of a more offensive image of a white guy grabbing a daughter of India and forcing himself upon her? It is so symbolic. It is right in line with the image of the white colonist forcing himself upon a country and just taking whatever he wants.

    Richard Gere should pay the ultimate price for this.

    What bothers me however is those who would blame Shilpa Shetty for this.

    Too often women victims of rape in India are blamed for what happened like they wanted the rape to happen or it was their fault the rape happened even when the truth might be that the rapists brutalized them and they couldn’t stop the rape from happening.

    While of course Richard Gere didn’t actually rape Shilpa Shetty, I still see this whole “Blame the Woman Victim” dynamic in place. From what I saw from the video Shilpa Shetty did nothing to cause Richard Gere to act the way he did, and was in fact as shocked as everyone else was that he would act in such a disgraceful manner.

    We need to defend this daughter of India, not blame her for this white man’s assault upon her.

  5. @Deannie: Hey, ain’t I sixTeen? 😀

    Or maybe, you meant Ten? 😀

  6. A kiss on the cheek is considered ‘obscene’ in the country that brought us the Kama Sutra?

    Maybe the keyword in the article was “lawyers”: Richard Gere has a lot of money!

    In that respect, the lawsuits might as well have been brought here in the US.

  7. You surprise me Rob!

    You should let Yuvi know that the kind of trouble he will discover with girls his own age starts with a capital ‘T’. 😀

    Yuvi, Rob is right of course. Your time will come and when it does, the girls will be there. I am sure your parents will offer you sage advice – make sure to listen to them.

  8. 😀 Hah! Don’t worry, Yuvi – you will. And then the trouble *really* starts (ducking and running from my faithful (and forgiving?) female followers)


  9. Also, this might partly be jealousy: Not many get to kiss a girl, ANY girl. I haven’t talked to a girl my age for around 6 years, but that’s an entirely different offtopic rant 🙂

  10. 😳 India actually amazes me – the progress over the last two decades is unreal. I don’t think it’s matched by any other country in the world – including the US. Not over the last 20 years.

    Sure, being an American I can look from here and wish a lot of things were different about India. I can also say the same for the US.

    But somehow I have a feeling that Yuvi will have a hand in making “a better India”!


  11. You know the Technorati Line: More than a million blogs, some of them have to be good.

    Same thing applies here: More than a billion people, some of them have to be skunks. 😀

    Ya know, I have a feeling that something’s wrong with this country when Ads are going all around about how you should study a particular course or take a particular college because “You’ll get a Job”. The worst part of it is that parents and people buy into this BS…

    And, about the lawsuit: Don’t worry. Yesterday, 3 guys were sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing 25 odd people. But, the killings took place in 1978, and 2 of the 3 guys are already dead, and one is a politician 😀

    So, by the time this lawsuit ends, both of them would be too old to have anyone give them a second look.

    Just wait for 20 years to see a better India 🙂