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Indian actress Kushboo wins pre-marital sex row case

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Kushboo's comments created a stir

India's Supreme Court has dismissed all cases against a Tamil actress who spoke in support of the right of women to have pre-marital sex.

Actress Kushboo was accused of outraging public decency and 22 cases were filed against her in 2005.

Kushboo said she was "relaxed and relieved" after the court order.

The remarks stirred controversy in a conservative country where pre-marital sex and live-in relationships are still considered a taboo.

Some Tamil nationalist political groups had accused the actress of making derogatory and obscene remarks against Tamil culture.

In a 2005 interview Kushboo said it was not wrong for women to have pre-marital sex as long as they took precautions.

She said that it was also "not fair of any educated youth to expect his wife to be a virgin".

Several cases were filed against her across Tamil Nadu in various courts under different sections of the Indian penal code.

The Madras high court had earlier rejected her appeal to dismiss the cases against her.

But last month, the Supreme Court endorsed the right of unmarried couples to live together.

The judges said that even Hindu Gods Lord Krishna and Radha were co-habiting lovers.



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