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By: Settu Shankar
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Kushboo, the tamil film industry glamour doll of yesteryear, is in trouble again, this time for 'insulting' Hindu sentiments and the religion. She is facing yet another case in a Tamil Nadu court for having sat cross-legged with chapels close to the idols of the three goddesses (Mupperum Deviyar), Lakshmi, Parvathi and Saraswathi, placed on a pedestal during a movie launch in Chennai a week ago.
Gurumoorthy, one of the Hindu Munnani activists has filed a petition in the Kumbakonam magistrate court down south seeking action against her for hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus. Gurumoorthy, the general secretary of the Kumbakonam unit of Hindu Munnani, in his petition, said that Kushboo, who participated in the muhurat of a film Vallamai Tharayo... on November 22, was seen sitting on a chair cross-legged with her chapels beside the idols.
The photograph was published in a Tamil Weekly and private channels telecasted the movie muhurat recently. Many other VIPs including writer Sivasankari, and IPS officer Thilakavathy, took part in the pooja. Kushboo had deeply hurt the sentiments of the Hindus.
Gurumoorthy further said that Kushboo, who had raked up a controversy by her remarks on chastity, had now shown disrespect to Hindu goddesses. He wanted the court to take action against her under sections 295 and 295(A) of the IPC for hurting religious sentiments. Receiving this complaint, Judge Babulal posted the case to December 3 to decide on its admissibility.
Reacting to the incident, Hindu Munnani leader Rama Gopalan said, "Kushboo's act is unbecoming of a public figure." He demanded a public apology from her for her 'uncultured behavior'. "It clearly shows that the tolerance of the Hindus is being taken for granted. This act also shows her arrogance and her perception that the women's organisations would rush to her rescue whatever she did."
Kushboo is already facing nearly nine cases in various courts in the state in connection with her reported remarks on premarital sex.