“Whatever her intentions were, it was wrong."
Shreya Kalra, an Indian Instagram influencer has been booked for dancing on a zebra crossing in traffic.
She was filmed running onto a busy road at Rasoma Square in Indore, India, as the traffic stopped at a red light.
Dressed in an all-black outfit, she then began dancing to the Afrobeat song ‘Woman’ by American rapper Doja Cat.
Onlookers seemed bemused by Shreya’s performance, which was later posted on Instagram and went viral.
The influencer, who has accumulated over 262k followers on the platform, also added a caption that read:
“Please do not break the rules – a red sign means you have to stop at the signal not because I am dancing, and do wear your masks.”
However, many were less than impressed that she broke traffic laws and had not been wearing a mask at the beginning of the clip herself.
This includes Madhya Pradesh Minister for Home Affairs, Law, Prisons, and Parliamentary Affairs, Narottam Mishra.
On Wednesday, September 18, 2021, he said:
“Whatever her intentions were, it was wrong. I will issue an order to take action against her under Motor Vehicles Acts, to stop such incidents in the future.”
Indore ASP Rajesh Raghuwanshi confirmed that a case had been registered against Shreya under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 290, which concerns ‘public nuisance.’
Watch Shreya Kalra Dancing in Traffic here:
A fine of Rs 200 (£1.98) is usually also imposed under this law. He added irrespective of the signal, her actions were not appropriate:
“Even if the signal was red, the girl was dancing in the middle of traffic, which is a nuisance whatever her intentions be.”
Following the booking, the influencer released a further video that evening where she explained her decision to dance on the street:
“My main motive in creating the video was to make people aware that a red signal means traffic should stop and they should not cross the zebra crossing.”
It has since been revealed that Shreya had been a participant in season 18 of the Hindi-language MTV reality show, Roadies Revolution.
The program features young people who aspire to make an impact on society, undertaking a series of tasks to prove that they are up for the challenge.
Shreya Kalra was part of Nikhil Chinapa’s team along with Hamid Barkzi, Michael Ajay and Aman Poddar. She ended up being eliminated before the finale episodes.
Afghan model Hamid, who now resides in New Delhi, India, was announced as the winner.