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' Insult to gods' lands fashion show in trouble.

THE much- publicised Kingfisher Ultra Vizag Fashion Week, organised by liquor major Kingfisher in Visakhapatnam was cancelled on Sunday, following protests from women's organisations and Vishwa Hindu Parishad ( VHP) for allegedly denigrating Indian culture and Hindu gods.

According to Visakhapatnam town police inspector Lakshmana Murthy, the event which kicked off at Hotel Park on the beach road was cancelled on the third day following a complaint from VHP district unit secretary G. Radhakrishna, who had alleged that the models who had participated in the ramp walk show on Saturday, had the pictures of Hindu gods such as lord Ganesh and goddess Lakshmi on their skimpy clothes.

" We have booked a case against the organisers under Section 295- A of the IPC ( deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs). We are investigating into the complaint," the police officer said.

The show had to face stiff resistance from women's organisations like All India Democratic Women's Association ( AIDWA) and Progressive Organisation of Women ( POW), besides the local leftwing student organisations.

For the last one week, these organisations had been staging protests alleging that the show was promoting obscenity. But, the police did not take any action against the organisers and the fashion show commenced on Friday.

About 40 glamorous models drawn from various parts of the country and abroad took part in the fashion extravaganza.

Popular designers, Shravan Kumar and James Ferreira, presented some exceptional designs in a mosaic of fabrics and spring colours from their collections, Elemental Fusion and Resort 2013, respectively.

On Saturday, British- Indian model and Kingfisher calendar girl Karishma Kotak walked the ramp along with popular Telugu actor Rana Daggubati.

As the fashion show was telecast live, VHP activists noticed that some of the models wearing dresses with pictures of the gods on their lower garments. " It was disgusting. How can those girls wear such skimpy dresses which had the images of Hindu gods printed on them? As they were walking on the ramp, their undergarments were also visible. It is a deliberate act by the fashion designers taking advantage of the tolerance among the Hindu community," Thota Venkateshwara Rao, regional vice- president of VHP said.

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Date:Feb 4, 2013
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