Hurley Could Face Jail Over "Breached" Customs at Indian Wedding
Newlyweds Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar could face three years in
jail after being accused of breaching Hindu customs with their Indian
wedding last month (MAR07).
Vishnu Khandelwal - who has never met the couple - has begun legal
proceedings against the newly married pair insisting they broke with Hindu
And he claims Arun's father Vinod Nayar has offered to testify against
his son and daughter-in-law.
The pair have been disowned by Nayar Sr. after he claimed he and his
second wife Joanne were made to feel like "second class
citizens" at the ceremony.
And despite legal experts claiming it is unlikely the couple would end
up in jail, the prosecution will use their #2 million ($3.9 million)
magazine deal with Hello! as evidence against the couple.
Prosecuting lawyer HM Saraswat says, "An arrest warrant could be
issued for Arun and Liz as soon as the prosecution has made its case -
either because they are summoned to give evidence or they have been found
"We have our own religious beliefs including that the bride and
bridegroom must behave soberly, and in this case they have both taken
drink. Pictures of kissing in Hello magazine is against our culture. We
are using the Hello!
pictures to prove our case.
"Vinod Nayer told me that when Arun Nayer and Liz Hurley came to
the marriage mandap (marriage place), Arun Nayer left his footwear outside
the mandap but Liz Hurley refused to remove her footwear.
"When we worship we must remove our shoes because we pray to God
and at that time shoes should be removed.
"Our intention is to prove that the proceedings adopted by both
the accused for their marriage is against our Hindu rites."