Madhu-Milind nudity trial on Sept 2

A local court would begin the trial in a case of alleged nudity registered against popular models Madhu Sapre and Milind Soman for posing semi-nude in an advertisement.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2005 15:37 IST

A local court would begin on September two, the trial in a case of alleged nudity registered against popular models Madhu Sapre and Milind Soman for posing semi-nude in an advertisement a decade ago.

Earlier, Maharashtra government had received a setback after Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D K Sonawane rejected its plea of withdrawing the charges against the models and allowed the intervention of social activist Pratiba Naithani, who opposed the withdrawal of the case.

The prosecution had pleaded withdrawal of charges against Soman, Sapre and six others on the ground that prima facie there was no case against them.

Naithani had pleaded that withdrawing the case would not only encourage nudity in advertisements and films but also send a wrong message to the society. Vulgar display of models in advertisements and films should be banned on moral grounds, she had pleaded.

The advertisement for shoes featuring Sapre and Soman with a python draped around them, sparked a public outcry after it appeared in leading publications in 1995.

Social organisations had approached police following which a case was filed against Soman, Sapre and six others which included the photographers, publishers and editors who printed the advertisment.

A case was filed under section 292 of IPC (obscenity) and under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

First Published: Aug 30, 2005 15:37 IST