Actor and model Milind Soman has been booked for promoting obscenity after he shared a photo of himself running nude on a Goa beach, according to an ANI report.
As per the report, Soman has been booked under the IPC Section 294 (Obscene acts and songs) and 67 (Punishment for publishing/transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the IT Act for posting a nude picture of himself running on a Goa beach, to mark his 55th birthday, on the social media.
Superintendent of Police (South) Pankaj Kumar Singh told ANI that a case has been registered at Colva Police Station under Section 294 IPC and 67 IT Act against Soman.”An organisation called Goa Suraksha Manch had given a complaint against Soman for running nude on a beach in South Goa and then circulating those pictures on social media,” ANI quoted Singh.
This move comes a day after model-actor Poonam Pandey and husband Sam Bombay‘s arrest by the Goa Police sparked a gender debate on Twitter. Social media users called out the hypocrisy of the two separate incidents. While Pandey was arrested for shooting an ‘obscene’ video, Soman’s nude picture was well-received.
“#PoonamPandey & #MilindSoman both stripped down to their birthday suits in #Goa recently. Pandey partly, Soman completely. Pandey is in legal trouble–for obscenity. Soman is being lauded for his fit body at age 55. I guess we are kinder to our nude men than to our nude women,” wrote filmmaker Apurva Asrani on social media.
On Thursday evening, Poonam Pandey was arrested for shooting an ‘obscene video’ on October 31 and allegedly trespassing into government property. According to a report in The Times of India, the couple was granted bail by the judicial Magistrate, Canacona, at around 9.15 pm on Thursday. As per the conditions of the bail, the couple cannot leave Goa without the court’s permission and have to report to the police station for six days.
Singh told reporters on Thursday that Pandey was arrested for “trespassing into government land” at the Chapoli Dam area in Canacona town.