Posted by: becketfund | May 15, 2007

India: Student Arrested for Artwork Deemed “Offensive” to Religions

Reuters reports that Chandramohan, a student at a state university in Gujarat state, India, was jailed on May 11 after the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a hard-line Hindu group, accused him of “offending religious sentiments” with a series of paintings he had created. The paintings, described as sexually explicit images of Hindu gods and goddesses with the imagery of the cross, were deemed to “hurt Hindu and Christian sentiments”. Chandramohan was released on bail on May 14, with university faculty members demanding an apology from the VHP and police.

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