Court quashes case against Sania, Khushboo

A local court has quashed a case filed against tennis star Sania Mirza and actress Khushboo over their views on pre-marital sex saying every citizen has the right to freedom of expression.

Updated: Jul 09, 2010, 22:31 PM IST

Indore: A local court has quashed a case
filed against tennis star Sania Mirza and actress Khushboo
over their views on pre-marital sex saying every citizen has
the right to freedom of expression.

Judicial Magistrate Suman Srivastava said both Sania
and Khushboo had expressed their views on pre-martial sex
keeping in mind the AIDS factor.

"Therefore, prima facie there is no merit in taking
cognizance of the case," Srivastava said and dismissed the
case on July 7.

"Every citizen, according to the Constitution, has the
right to freedom of expression," Srivastava observed.
One Manohar Bhamare, based on newspaper reports, filed
a case against the duo on November 18, 2005 claiming their
"obscene views had hurt the feelings of his three unmarried
daughters and scores of girls across the country".

In an interview in 2005, Khushboo had said that it was
not wrong for women to have pre-martial sex as long as they
took precautions. Following this, criminal cases were filed
against her in several courts.

Sania then made similar remarks but after protests she
strongly denied giving such comments.
This year, the Supreme Court had dismissed all 22
criminal cases against Khushboo.

PTI