Holy Allah on a dress, Batman! Book ’em, Danno!

That’s how seriously I take this case. I can make bad jokes about it.

Sadly, it’s no joke. Salman Khan of Bollywood fame runs a non-profit organization in India called Being Human. The website isn’t well designed but it advertises that whatever money he earns through the site will be donated to really good causes. The NPO recently organized a fashion show to raise funds and this is what generates the news story. One of the models went down the runway in a dress with Arabic script on it that spelled out the word Allah.

Not being Muslim, I don’t give a crap. Muslims there, though, got very irate over it so the police came to collect Salman Khan and book him under under IPC Section 295A:

deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs

I don’t know if the dress was chosen to deliberately outrage anyone or if it’s merely incidental. The dress is kind of neat, actually, but perhaps could have been made without Allah printed on the fabric. Why put it there in the first place?

Investigating Officer Dilip Chavan said the police are probing the case.

“We are investigating the case. The complainant has provided a video clipping of the fashion show,” the report quoted the police officer as saying.

If the point of all this was to drum up some PR for the Being Human project or something, then mission weirdly accomplished.

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