Femen topless activists face jail over desecration of Indian flag

Protesters of women activist group FEMEN demonstrate against prostitution in Kyiv

Controversial Ukrainian topless activists are in trouble, again. Not long after they were allegedly subjected to torture and humiliation by the Belarusian KGB officers, Femen’s protestors may face a jail term of up to four years in their native Ukraine for insulting Indian flag.

Last month, the Femen activists occupied the balcony of the Indian residence in Kyiv demonstrating against India’s decision to tighten visa application screening for women aged 15-40, in an attempt to curb the inflow of sex workers. The bare breasted women, who managed to climb the balcony with a ladder, shouted “We are not prostitutes” while waving the Indian national flag.

The protest didn’t last long as the police came quite quickly and detained the four activists, who are now being faced with charges of hooliganism and desecration of state symbols.

The January 19 protest in Kyiv was provoked by the media reports that India’s embassies in four ex-Soviet states, including Ukraine, were instructed to “thoroughly screen applications of women who are 15-40 years of age” in order to make sure they are “genuine tourists” and not potential sex workers.

“The problem of prostitution in India doesn’t depend on women from Ukraine, Russia or Kazakhstan. It is directly linked with criminal impunity for the pimping business within India itself,” Femen said at the time, and demanded an apology for the move they see as “an insult for all women”.

Via: allvoices.com

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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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