Woman denies stripping naked in India holy bridge nude video after arrest

A woman arrested for allegedly making a video of herself without clothes on a holy bridge in India apologised on Sunday.

The French woman, identified by police as Marie-Helene, 27, apologised to authorities but denied being completely naked on the Lakshman Jhula, a footbridge over the Ganges river.

She said she pulled off the stunt to bring attention to sexual harassment in India and did not intend to cause offence.

Indian police said Marie faced charges under the country’s internet laws after she posted footage of herself dancing on social media.

R.K Saklani, Head of the Local Police station, said Marie told them she "sells bead necklaces online" and the "shoot was aimed at promoting her business."

However, in a statement Marie-Helene said she uncovered because each time she crossed the bridge she felt as though she was being harassed.

Marie-Helene said: "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 travellers surely have experienced the same."

She also said there was nobody around when she carried out the stunt, and did it to raise awareness.

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Marine-Helne said: "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."

Police said Marie-Helene was arrested on Thursday and released on bail and her mobile phone was seized as part of the investigation.

"The first thing I want to say is that I am sorry my actions hurt the local community," Marie-Helene added. "I was lacking awareness on cultural specificities."

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