Complaint against Liz-Arun wedding

Updated on Mar 13, 2007 06:35 PM IST
A Jodhpur resident files a complaint in court, stating that the marriage hurt Hindu sentiments.
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None | ByVinod Vithal, Jodhpur

A judicial complaint has been filed in a Jodhpur court against the marriage of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar at Umaid Bhwan Palace in Jodhpur on March 9 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. The court has admitted the complaint for hearing and fixed March 21 as the date for recording the statement of the complainant and witnesses.

Vishnu Khandelwal, a resident of Jodhpur, has filed this complaint before the Judicial Magistrate No 3, Jodhpur stating that the marriage of Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar was an attack on Hindu religion. Since they had married at Sudeli Fort in Britain and started living like a husband and wife, there was no reason to marry according to Hindu rituals, the Saptapadi. This was done with the intention of hurting Hindus and the sanctity of Hinduism, it was argued.

HM Saraswat, counsel for Khandelwal, told the Hindustan Times that he has moved a complaint under sections 295-A read with 120-B of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar with some other persons. It is an attack on the people who have faith in Hindu religion, he said.

It was a deliberate and malicious act that was intended to outrage religious feelings of Hindus and the religious and ritualistic beliefs of Hindus as they were already married, he contended. Religion and rituals cannot be used for entertainment. Hindus have developed their social codes over thousands of years. This is a crime under section 295-A of IPC, Saraswat added.

After hearing the arguments, Hari Vallabh Khatri, Judicial Magistrate No 3, Jodhpur admitted the complaint and fixed March 21 as the date for recording of statements of complainant and witnesses.

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