Posted by: becketfund | September 9, 2008

India: Muslim Artist Cleared of Obscenity

NEW DELHI – India’s Supreme Court has refused to bring criminal charges of obscenity against MF Husain, a controversial Muslim artist, the BBC reported on September 9.  Hardline Hindus brought the charges against Husain for painting a nude goddess in the shape of India.  The Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Husain’s paintings were not obscene and said nudity was common in Indian iconography and history.  In 2007 the art auction house, Christie’s, faced pressure from Hindu expatriates to withdraw Mr. Husain’s work.  

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