Thursday 26 April
The nuisance of misuse of PILs was demonstrated once again when one more busybody in Jaipur filed a case against
infamous kiss between Hollywood star Richard Gere and actress Shilpa Shetty A Jaipur court, describing their public
act as "highly sexually erotic", issued arrest warrants against Gere and summoned Shilpa for appearance on May 5.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Dinesh Gupta issued the order on a PIL filed by local resident Poonam Chand
Bhandari, who complained
that their public kiss during an anti-AIDS awareness programme in Delhi was an "indecent representation" of sexual
activities in a public place. Gupta, who earlier viewed television footage of the event, observed that the two film
personalities had "transgressed all limits of vulgarity and have the tendency to corrupt society" and added that Shilpa's
attitude was "cooperative" and she never restrained herself but kept inviting Gere for the kissing episode. Shilpa has
also been directed not to leave the country without the permission of the court. Richard Gere, who can be sent to jail
for up to three months or fined or both for the crime if he is arrested, has now offered to apologise if he has "offended"
anyone. Well, we are like this only and the public will have to perhaps wait till a higher court finally dismisses this absurd