India acting on racial slurs against Shilpa in Britain
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India acting on racial slurs against Shilpa in Britain

The Govt is trying to collect information on alleged racist remarks against actress Shilpa on a reality TV show.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 15:32 IST

The Indian government is trying to collect information about alleged racist remarks against Shilpa Shetty on the British TV reality show "Celebrity Big Brother", said Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma.

"Racism has no place in civilian society. India has, throughout, thrown out any kind of racism and discrimination. We are trying to collect the information," Sharma told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Viewers in Britain have complained that Shilpa, who is participating in the show which has a group of celebrities cooped up in a house with no access to the outside world, is being subjected to racial abuse by fellow housemates.

Monday night's show, for instance, featured scenes of participants picking on Shilpa for her cooking skills.

Former S Club 7 member Jo O'Meara made fun of Shilpa's Indian accent and complained that she had touched food with her hands. He was joined by model Danielle Lloyd. She said, "They eat with their hands in India, don't they - or is that China? You don't know where their hands have been."

During her time in the house, another contestant Jackiey repeatedly referred to Shilpa as "the Indian" and never pronounced her name correctly.

The show went on air January 2.

First Published: Jan 17, 2007 14:17 IST