Hyderabad police booked filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma on Thursday for obscenity on a complaint by a social activist. The controversy erupted just a day before the release of his controversial movie "God, Sex and Truth" with American porn star Mia Markova.
On a complaint by a social activist Devi and some others, Central Crime Station (CCS) of Hyderabad has registered a case. A police officer said the complainant cited that one of the photographs posted on social media by Varma is obscene. A case under section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was booked against him for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.
The filmmaker was also booked under sections 506 and 509 of Indian Penal Code for allegedly making personal comments against her and others opposing the movie. He has been charged with insulting the modesty of a woman.
Police said they would take legal opinion and conduct investigations before taking further action in the case. Meanwhile, women's groups staged a protest in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, demanding a ban on the release of the movie on the web and his immediate arrest.
The activists of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA), AP Mahila Samakhya and other groups raised slogans against Varma. They alleged that Varma is releasing the movie on the web to avoid the certification by authorities. They said the filmmaker is portraying woman as a sex object and promoting pornography.
Varma has been facing strong reactions from women's groups since he released the trailer for the movie and made certain comments.