Recently Ranveer Singh broke the internet with his nude photoshoot for Paper magazine. Soon after, two FIRs were lodged against him. An NGO stated that it ‘hurt sentiments of women’ after which the Mumbai Police registered the FIR against the actor under various Indian Penal Code Sections like 292 (sale of obscene books, etc), 293 (sale of obscene objects to young people), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and provisions of the Information Technology Act.
Television actor Sumona Chakravarti has come forward in Ranveer’s support, and wrote in her Instagram story “I am a woman. Neither is my modesty insulted not my sentiments hurt.” She also shared a screenshot of her mother’s reply to her previous Instagram Stories aboutRanveer. Her mother wrote, “Pics were great. God knows which sentiments got hurt. Maybe they wanted to see more.”
Reacting to the complaint, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri told AajTak in a recent interview, “It is a very stupid FIR. This is such an amusing case, which is getting attention without any reason. It is written in the FIR that the sentiment of women is being hurt. Now tell me, when there are so many nude pictures of women, does it hurt the sentiments of men? This is such a stupid argument.”
Swara Bhaskar had written, “Unbelievable foolishness and unemployment is rampant in our country!”. She had also reacted to the debate around Ranveer’s pictures, and tweeted, “Daily cases of injustice & oppression in India, but sure.. our outrage is reserved for @RanveerOfficial’s photos! I mean, seriously… don’t like it, don’t look at it! Not your cup of tea, don’t drink it! But don’t ‘thopo (impose)’ your preferences on us! And no, this isn’t a moral issue!”