Kyiv: Ukrainian protest group Femen landed in hot water for tearing down the Indian National flag, The Tricolour, while protesting New Delhi's decision to tighten visa norms against women from some former Soviet states.
According to reports, the yet unnamed Femen protestors braved the biting cold to pose topless in front of the India House, the residence of Indian ambassador Rajiv K Chander, on January 18.
They were protesting against India asking the country's diplomatic missions in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to tighten the overview of visa applications by women aged 18-40 in an attempt to curb the inflow of sex workers to India.
The protesters climbed the balcony of the ambassador's residence with placards bearing slogans such as 'Ukraine is not a bordello', 'We are not prostitutes', 'Delhi, close your brothels' and 'We demand apologies'.
Reports say that about 40,000 tourists from the Central Asia republics and more than 70,000 from Russia visit India every year. India believes that a large number of women from some of the Central Asian republics travel to work as prostitutes in the country.
In its defence, Femen has blamed India for prostitution saying that "it is directly linked with criminal impunity for the pimping business within the country itself."
Two cases of hooliganism and desecration of state symbols were filed against the activists. As per the law of the country they may end up in jail for up to four years if convicted.
Femen is known for staging topless protests in Ukraine and outside for causes concerning women.