Model Poonam Pandey, who has threatened to do a full Monty for the Indian cricket team if the men in blue win, switched off her cellphone on Saturday when India won the World Cup. Sources say the 20-year-old model was being inundated with calls from people either begging her to strip for them or threatening her with dire consequences should she dare go against Indian culture.
A defiant Pandey, however, had told TOI on Thursday that if BCCI gives her the permission to strip, she would go ahead with her plans. “Threats don’t bother me,” she had said. But the model may be facing arrest after R K Pandey filed a case against her in a Bhopal court. The BJP women’s wing has also written to the Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik to take action against her.
On Friday, Pandey issued a letter to the BCCI about her plans: “I write to you as a great fan of cricket and above all a patriotic Indian. I want India to win the Cricket World Cup 2011, and I am willing to go the extra mileage”
She added that “going nude in private with consenting adults for a therapeutic purpose” is not an offence, and said that a contract for the same could be drawn up as the BCCI is not a government body. She suggested that the BCCI choose another country such as Paris for her striptease to avoid controversy.
Pandey goes on to add: “I am serious about it as many studies conducted by various universities abroad confirm such performances boost and inspire people to perform better in any field, be it sports or otherwise.” Agencies