India: Let's Jail Miss Universe for Taj Mahal Photo Shoot
Olivia Culpo shot a shoe commercial there
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 11, 2013 3:30 PM CDT
In this Sept. 30, 2013 photo, Miss Universe Olivia Culpo of the US watches a performance by inmates as designer Sanjana Jon, adjusts her veil during a visit to the Tihar Jail in New Delhi, India.   (Tsering Topgyal)

(Newser) – Indian police have filed a case against Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo, for an unauthorized fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, India's white-marble monument to love, a police officer said today. Police Inspector Sushant Gaur said Culpo and others in her group are accused of violating India's Heritage Act. Culpo, from Cranston, Rhode Island, was on a 10-day visit to India; Gaur says she shot a commercial for footwear at the Taj Mahal on Sunday without the permission of the state-run Archaeological Survey of India.

Indian media said commercial activity is banned on the premises of the Taj Mahal, a World Heritage Site. Police acted on a complaint received from the ASI today, Gaur said. If found guilty, they can be jailed for up to two years and fined $1,600. Indian police file a case as a first step in investigating a complaint. They formally charge a suspect in court at the end of the investigation. Culpo left India on Sunday night. Speaking to the Providence Journal, she expressed regret over the photo shoot. "Honestly, I did say out loud at one point, 'Isn't this a little inappropriate?'" Culpo said.

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Oct 13, 2013 7:19 PM CDT
A Hollywood prop would have been just as well.
Oct 12, 2013 3:17 PM CDT
Jail seems excessive. It is a bit tacky to shoot a footwear commercial at a world heritage center perpetuating stereotypes about Indian celebrities casually wearing 'awesome footwear' in a museum that has historical and cultural significance to many people.
Oct 12, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
It is immaterial what you or I think about these charges. If you choose to live and/or work in another country it is your responsibility to knows the laws, customs and culture of that country. To think the world follows the customs here in the USA makes you an "Ugly American".