August 31, 2020, 10.07 PM

NEW DELHI, KOMPAS.com – A French woman was taken into custody after filming a nude video of herself on a holy bridge over the Ganges River in India.

The 27-year-old identified as Marie-Helene apologized for the incident on Sunday but denied being completely naked.

The French woman insisted that she carried out the stunt to draw attention to sexual harassment.

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She is facing charges under India’s internet laws after posting footage of herself on the Lakshman Jhula, a footbridge over the Ganges river made famous by the Beatles in the 1960s and which remains a draw for backpackers and yoga practitioners.

"She told us she sells bead necklaces online and the shoot was aimed at promoting her business," said R.K Saklani, head of the local police station.

But in a statement to AFP, Marie-Helene said no-one was around when she carried out the stunt, and she did it to raise awareness about sexual harassment in India.

"I chose to partially uncover on Laxman Jhula because each time I crossed the bridge I felt I was being harassed... My Indian sisters and fellow female travelers surely have experienced the same," she wrote.

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"The main goal was to help oppressed Indian women to access education and to leave abusive marriages or situations, where there are no other options or help."

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