London, Sept 11: A pornographic online comic strip is making waves throughout India, a country known for strict conservatism.
`Savita Bhabhi` is luring tens of thousands of Internet viewers, which recounts the adventures of frustrated housewife `Savita Bhabhi` as she attempts to cope with the boredom of the long days while her husband at the office.
The sultry, flat-stomached Savita can be seen seducing door-to-door salesmen, local cricketers and even a cousin visiting from the United States in the cartoon strips.
Every day a new colour cartoon is posted on the website every day, and each adventure lasts around a month, with the more explicit scenes usually held until the end.
The hot site, which appears in English and several Indian languages, started in March and already has 30,000 registered users.
The writers and illustrators give only their screen names on the site, and the Indian Porn Empire, which is listed as the copyright holder, has failed to return calls from local journalists.
The strips, which are humorous, ironic, and by the standards of Western pornography fairly tame, appear to have hit a nerve with young middle-class Indians becoming more open about sexuality.
"I do think that India was waiting for some mature and contemporary pornography," the Independent quoted sociologist Patricia Oberoi, as saying.
"And this is certainly Indian. A number of the themes are no doubt universal but the settings are very Indian," Oberoi added.
Savita Bhabhi has even been described as harking back to the sensual and playful spirit of the Kama Sutra, the 2,000-year-old Indian sex manual.
First Published: Thursday, September 11, 2008, 18:30