Monday, May 27

Kareena Kapoor Khan Gets Notice For Using “Bible” In The Title Of Her Pregnancy Book

Edited by Aishwarya Krishnan

On Thursday, the Madhya Pradesh High Court issued a notice to Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan after a petition raised an objection to the use of the word ‘Bible’ in the title of her book on pregnancy, which was published in 2021.

The petitioner, Christopher Anthony, demanded the book be banned and the word “Bible” removed from the title, “Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pregnancy Bible: The Ultimate Manual for Moms-To-Be.” A lawyer by profession, Anthony sought a criminal case against Khan and others for allegedly hurting his religious sentiments with the title.

The petitioner alleged that, despite being a well-educated individual, the actress deliberately attempted to insult the sacred texts of Christians, Jews, and other religious communities. Khan was completely aware of the significance of the term “Bible” and its sacred meaning, the petition argued.

Apart from Khan, the single bench of Justice GS Ahluwalia also issued notice to co-author Aditi Shah Bhimjyani, publisher Juggernaut Books, Amazon Online Shopping, the Madhya Pradesh government, the Jabalpur superintendent of police, and the officer-in-charge of the city’s local police station.

Anthony argued in his petition that Khan had a history of disrespecting the Christian community. He cited an instance where the actress had featured in a controversial ‘item song’ from the film Brothers (2015) where the lyrics referenced Mary, a respected figure in Christianity.

Soon after the publication of the book, Anthony approached the local police station, seeking a case against Khan and others for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Christians. Following the police’s refusal to file an inquiry, he approached a magistrate court. But, on February 2022, the magistrate court also rejected his petition. Anthony then approached the High Court, according to PTI.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 1.