More than two-and-a-half months after Customs seized sex toys and gold ornaments from a 50-year-old non-resident Indian (NRI) woman, they are yet to destroy it. Authorities said if it were just the sex toys that had been seized, they would have been destroyed after 15 days of the seizure, as is the law, if the woman failed to report.
The woman, a film-maker in Hollywood, was detained on July 17 on arrival from the US at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. She was found with five vibrators, five feather sex toys, five pieces of edible lingerie and two sex games. Officials had also found around 50 pieces of fancy lingerie. The total value of the sex toys and fancy lingerie was worth Rs2.4 lakh. Authorities had also seized gold jewellery, two branded purses and an iPad totally worth Rs6.5 lakh.
The woman had told officials she had come to India for her daughter’s wedding scheduled on July 28 in Chennai. After recording her statement Customs officials released her the same day but told her to report the next day (July 18). “She has not reported yet,” said a Customs official requesting anonymity.
He said they were expecting her to at least report after her daughter’s marriage, but she did not do that. “She may have gone back to the US,” the official said.
Authorities are surprised as to why the woman did not report. “We are surprised why she did not come back to collect her jewellery,” the official said adding that the same would have been released after levying penalty.
With the woman not responding to Customs summons, the officials are unable to destroy the sex toys kept in a locker at the Customs warehouse at the airport. Authorities now plan to send officials to the woman’s Chennai address mentioned on her passport, to serve a notice.
Officials said if she doesn’t respond to the notice, the department would initiate proceedings to dispose of the goods.