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A French Woman Arrested for Her Naked Video on India's Holy Bridge

A French Woman Arrested for Her Naked Video on India's Holy Bridge

A 27-year-old French woman was arrested by Rishikesh police after she posted a nude video of herself on Lakshman Jhula bridge in holy town by Ganga.

 She was living in Rishikesh since March, If found guilty she faces upto 3 years in prison, Uttarakhand cops say.

The woman faces charges under India's internet law, and could be sentenced to up to three years in prison if found guilty, AFP news agency reports.

Police said they received a complaint last Tuesday from Ganjendra Sajwan, a resident and local politician, about the incident, following which the woman was arrested on Thursday.

Law enforcement was informed that the woman made a nude video and photo shoot and later put it on social media.

The suspension bridge over the Ganges river and is a holy site and popular spot for tourists.

The woman, who has since been released on bail, told police the video was made to promote her jewellery business.

"Maybe in France these things are not considered objectionable. But Rishikesh is a holy place and the Lakshman Jhula is the place where [Hindu gods] Ram, his brother Lakshman and wife Sita crossed the Ganges," RK Saklani, head of the police station where the woman was taken, told AFP.

The woman, who has not been officially identified, was arrested on Thursday after police were alerted to the footage.

"During the questioning, she accepted to have shot the video in [the] nude but claimed she was not aware that it's illegal in India. She said the video and the photoshoot was intended to promote her bead-necklace business," another police official told the Indian newspaper Hindustan Times.

The case could take months to process.

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