Savita Bhabhi is the Queen Vixen of the Subcontinent
Westerners who have never traveled to India were given a sample of how strict the country’s public obscenity laws are when an Indian judge handed out arrest warrants for Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty after Gere publicly kissed her at an HIV/AIDS awareness event. As a testament to India’s social conservatism, crowds torched effigies of Richard Gere in several cities. As it stands now, India’s Supreme Court has suspended the case pending jurisdictional issues relating to the case.
The Subcontinent hasn’t always been this conservative when it comes to matters sexual. One need only look to ancient history and the Kama Sutra written in the Sanskrit language to see that they didn’t always have such negative responses to portrayals of romantic or sexual themes in public.
Now a cartoon woman is shaking up India’s conservative mores. She goes by the name of Savita Bhabhi (where ‘Bhabhi’ means sister-in-law in Hindi) and stars as a bored housewife who has sexual adventures with all sorts of characters that come into her life ranging from a bra salesman to a cricket player. The cartoon is currently under review by Indian cyberpolice for fears that it might break the draconian indecency laws in the country.
The Independent UK takes a close look at this explosive cartoon in Cyber Sutra: India’s online eroticism. Here’s an excerpt:
Savita Bhabhi is a busty and artfully drawn Indian housewife who loves her husband, Ashok Patel, but gets bored during the long days she spends alone at home while he is busy at the office. The full colour cartoons detail her fun-filled adventures with everyone from the door-to-door lingerie salesman (“Can you help me please… The hook is stuck.”) to two energetic young men who lose their cricket ball in her garden and a hunky cousin visiting from the US. In every episode, Savita’s bountiful charms and washboard-flat abdomen ensure she always snares her target.