Ukrainians may be jailed for insulting Indian flag

Last Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 08:53

Kiev: A group of Ukrainian topless protesters may face jail term of up to four years for climbing onto the balcony of the Indian ambassador in Kiev and tearing down India`s national flag last month, police said on Friday.

The protesters had brought down the Indian flag, smashed the doors and windows with it and threw it on the ground.

The Femen activists were enraged by the Indian Foreign Ministry ordering thorough checks into all Ukrainians aged 15 to 40 seeking to enter the country, saying it would help weed out the numerous prostitutes in search of a job, the RIA Novosti reported on Friday.

The incident resulted in two cases opened on separate charges of hooliganism and desecration of state symbols, Ukrainian police said.

But no one was charged as of Friday evening.

The incident had occurred on January 19.

Indian Ambassador to Ukraine, Rajiv K Chander, was not at his residence when the four women from Femen arrived in Indian attire and stripped to their waists before using a ladder to reach the second-floor balcony, an Indian media report said.

The women tied a banner in English to the balcony that declared: "We are not prostitutes". They also carried placards in English and Russian that said "Delhi, close your brothels" and "We demand apologies".

IANS



First Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 08:53

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