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Aseem Trivedi to surrender to police; charged with sedition

Aseem Trivedi cartoon depicting Mother India about to be raped

This year’s Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award winner (awarded by Cartoonists Rights Network International) Aseem Trivedi has agreed to surrender to police sometime in the next couple of days. He has been charged for sedition under a 2005 law that prohibits insulting Indian national symbols and emblems. Last December cartoons created by Aseem were displayed at an anti-corruption protest. The cartoons depicted the Parliament building as a toilet and another featured Mother India about to be gang raped by a character labeled “corruption” according to The India Express.

Aseem Trivedi cartoon depicting Indian Parliament as a toilet

Aseem?s response to the charge as reported by The India Express:

“I am in New Delhi for some work at present. I intend to arrive in Mumbai in the next two days and surrender before the police. I will not seek anticipatory bail. If I am held guilty of sedition in my own country on account of my cartoons, then it’s better not to fight any case at all. We saw what happened at the Jaipur literary festival with regard to Salman Rushdie. In Kolkata, a professor was arrested for merely e-mailing a cartoon that poked fun at the CM. These incidents pose a serious threat to artists,” Trivedi said.

Community Comments

#1 sanjeev
September/10/2012
@ 1:53 am

its an utter shame…this country has gone ti dogs….if carricaturing of symbols is sedition than all LS MPs must be arrested fir reducing parliament – a real national symbol – to junk

#2 pankaj mohan khanduri
September/16/2012
@ 5:35 am

no… no…..
it is unjustice.
dear aseem ‘, aap pure parliyament ko aisha nahi dikha sakte. usi ne hame abhivyakti ki swatantra di he, jiska aap apne aakrosh ke liye istmaal kar rahe hain, ye to aap apni shakti ka vaisha hi istmal kar rahe hain jesha ki hamare ye bharst aur kamine neta.hum libiya ya pakistan nahi hain .hum sanatan hain hamari kussh maryadanye hain. ye to bhavnaon ka vaisha hi parkatikaran hai jaisha ki hamare ye nimnvargeey samantivadi type ke tucche neta karte hain. mandir mai agar janver tatti kar de to pure mandir ko tatti ke roop mai abhivyakt karna pure samaj ka apmaan hai.
aap is cartoon ko aisha dikha sakte ho ki parliyament ki kafi seato(chairs) PAR TATTI PADI HAI JISKE UPER NETA KI TOPI HAI. vaise ye bhi maryadheen hai per kya kare parliyament se badbu to aa rahi hai. aur janta ka gandapan bhi is sab ke liye jimedar hai.ise nazar andaj karna bimari ko pakad na pana hai.par kya karein apne se bado ka hi anukaran kiya jata hai isliye janta ki galti mafi yogya hai .
dear aseem aap netaon ko unke ghinone aur badbudar rup mai darsho na ki parliyament ko, parliyament to hamare samvidhan ka sthayi bhav hai.samvidhan vidhi ka vidhan hai ,barhm hai, aur samst bharatvashiyo ka moksh hai, nirvaan hai.
YE NETA TO AANI- JANI HAI ,ASTAYA BHAV HAIN. IN PAR APNI ABHIVAYKTI KA AISHA PARHAR KARO YA TO INKI AATMA PERKASIT HO JAYE YA JANTA INKO PANCHTATVO MAI VILEEN KAR DE. TABHI INSE MUKTI HAI.
dear aseem rasteey parteek hamara swabhiman hai usko na rondo aatma chitkaar karti, dukh hota hai .ye in tuchhe ,dhurt netaon ki bapoti nahi hai ,ye hamare gyan ka niskarsh hai utkarsh hai.
bharstachaar bahut gambheer rog hai iske liye salya chikitsha jururi hai per shareer ko chaku se godna iska nidan nahi hai.
IN ROGANUO KE LIYE ANTIBIOTIC KA AVISHKAAR JURURI HAI,NA KI VISH ISSE TO SHAREER HI MAR JAYEKA.

BHARATMATA TO SHIV KI SHAKTI HAIN. JO US PARAM NIRAKAR KI SAKARTA HAIN. YE NARKEEY KEEDE KAHAN US SHAREER KE DARSHAN KER PANYEGE, RAPE TO BAHOOT DUR KI BAAT HAI .
DHANYAVAAD

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