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Model Gehna Vashisht arrested for insulting national flag

India TV News Desk 19 Aug 2012, 17:13:29 PM IST
India TV News Desk
Pune, Aug 19 : The Pune police on Saturday arrested model-cum-starlent Gehna Vashishst, 22, from her residence at Oshiwara in Andheri, Mumbai, for allegedly insulting the national flag by tying it around her waist while doing a bikini photoshoot.

A police team brought her to Pune for further investigations after informing the Oshiwara police station.

Senior police inspector Manohar Joshi of the Deccan Gymkhana police station said, Gehna was arrested on a complaint registered by Ravindra Bramhe, national secretary of Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Jan Shakti Party.

According to Joshi, Bramhe had allegedly seen on Youtube that Gehna had tied the tricolour around her waist. He had lodged the complaint against her on July 16, 2012.

Joshi said, "We don't know when the incident had taken place as Bramhe had not given any information in this regard. We will produce Gehna before a magisterial court on Sunday".

Gehna was arrested under section 2 (insult to Indian national flag and Constitution of India) of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. Inspector (crime) S G Kenjale is investigating further.
Gehna was assaulted by a handful of activists in the second week of July in Mumbai. Her car was stoned, and shards of broken glass caused injuries to her chin and right hand.
Gehna said, she had no intention of insulting the national flag, but the cameraperson at the photoshoot insisted that she tie the tricolour around her waist to hide her bikini.