From sleep walking to being inebriated law courts across the world have heard myriad reasons for men stalking women.
Bollywood, it appears, has become the latest defence.
A court in the Australian state of Tasmania has heard from a man accused of stalking two women – because of Bollywood cinema.
Sandesh Baliga, a 32-year-old security guard, said he learned from Bollywood movies that relentlessly pursuing women was the only way to woo them.
Baliga, who grew up in a rural part of India, moved to Australia to study accounting and said he loved to watch Bollywood movies.
In Australia, he was accused of stalking two women – one for 18 months in 2012, and another for four months in 2013 – by repeatedly calling, texting and approaching them.
He even called himself their “boyfriend.”
In court, Baliga pleaded guilty and said the male leads in Bollywood movies always got the women to say yes by doggedly chasing them.
His lawyer, Greg Barns, said in court that this was “quite normal behavior” for Indian men.
In the end, court magistrate Michael Hill accepted the argument that Baliga’s cultural background had influenced his behavior and let him go on the condition of good behavior for the next five years.