MP: Woman booked after videos of her dance outside temple go viral; Bajrang Dal leader says she hurt religious sentiments

The woman has 2.5 million followers on her Instagram account, where she posted these controversial dance videos.

Published: 26th September 2021 08:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2021 08:48 PM   |  A+A-

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CHHATARPUR: Police on Sunday registered a case against a young woman, whose videos of her dancing on Bollywood songs outside a temple in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur city went viral on social media, an official said.

The action was taken against her after a Bajrang Dal leader lodged a complaint alleging that she danced outside the Janrai Toriya Mandir, a Ram-Sita temple, in an "obscene manner" in order to "hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus", the police official said.

The woman has 2.5 million followers on her Instagram account, where she posted these controversial dance videos.

"Following the complaint lodged by Bajrang Dal leader Surendra Shivhare about the videos, the woman, identified as Aarti Sahu, has been booked under IPC section 298 (deliberate intention of hurting religious feelings of any person)," Chhatarpur's Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Shashank Jain said.

Further legal steps will be taken after the examination of the videos and other facts, he said.

In his complaint, Shivhare said that Sahu deliberately danced in an obscene manner in front of the temple, and shared the videos on social media with the intention of hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.

In a video statement later, Sahu said she has been going to the temple since she was a child.

"I regret and seek apology from people if my videos hurt their sentiments. It was not my intention," she said, adding that posting videos on Instagram was the main source of earning for her family.

Sahu said she has removed those videos from her Instagram account.

In the two viral videos, the woman was seen dancing on two Bollywood songs - 'Daye lage kabhi baye lage' from the movie "Cocktail" and 'Meri sham awadh se aayi hai' from the movie "Welcome to Karachi" in front of the temple gate.


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