In­dian ac­cused of stalk­ing in Aus­tralia

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A 31-year-old In­dian is fac­ing trial in Aus­tralia on charges of stalk­ing two women in 2012 and 2013.

The court heard that San­desh Baliga was in­flu­enced by Bol­ly­wood films that he be­lieve his per­sis­tence with women would pay off.

Bol­ly­wood films con­trib­uted to his be­lief that if you per­sist, a woman would even­tu­ally fall in love with you, ac­cord­ing to ABC news.

The court heard the ac­cused be­gan tex­ting, calling and ap­proach­ing the women ex­ces­sively af­ter sin­gle, chance meet­ings.

Baliga kept ig­nor­ing the re­quests from both of the women to stop his fol­low­ing them.

The court heard that the women re­ported to the po­lice af­ter he started re­fer­ring to him­self as their boyfriend.

His lawyer Greg Barns said Baliga was from a re­mote part of In­dia and had only been in Tas­ma­nia for two years.

The de­fence said the In­dian cul­ture had con­trib­uted to his be­hav­iour and now he re­alised that this was not the so­cial norm in Aus­tralia.—

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