Cartoonist arrested for 'mocking Parliament'

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  1. parijataka

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    Mera Bharat mahan... criminal politicians looting thousands/lakhs of crores should not be criticised...:mad:

    Mumbai: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi arrested for 'obscene' web content

     
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    Re: Mumbai: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi arrested for 'obscene' web content

    Mumbai: Cartoonist arrested for 'mocking Parliament'

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    Mumbai: Yet another cartoonist has become the victim of the ongoing policing by political parties. Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was on Sunday arrested for allegedly posting "ugly and obscene" content on his web portal.

    Trivedi was arrested in Mumbai and produced in a Bandra court later in the day following which he was sent to police custody till September 16.
    He was charged with sedition under Section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code. It is a non-bailable offence.

    He was also charged under the IT Act and the 1971 National Emblem Act.

    The cartoons by Trivedi reportedly depicted Parliament as a commode and showed the national emblem with wolves instead of lions.

    The police claimed that Trivedi had earlier exhibited similar cartoons at a rally organised by India Against Corruption (IAC) at the MMRDA grounds in Mumbai in December 2011.

    The police have asked the National Broadcasters Association to restrict the broadcast of the cartoons.
     
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    iNDiAN.96 Nationalist Senior Member

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    Can I post that cartoon here?
     
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    Don't post it as image. Post a link.
     
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    The cartoon is apparently a year old, why arrest him now.
     
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    Though I may agree with the message that he is trying to convey but using the national symbols is certainly a mistake. He could have used other means to convey the same message.
     
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    Well dont any one think sedition is to serious charge . and does any body here thinks GoI would win case in court.
     
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    I do not find him guilty..he is just showing what our politicians have done with our country thus making these emblems irrelevant..
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The idea and the message cannot be contested.

    I presume the Govt will haul him over the coals because of 'insult' to a national symbol.
     
  12. Debate, outrage over cartoonist Aseem's arrest

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    [sub]Kanpur-based cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who was arrested on charges of posting seditious contents on his website
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    The arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi for allegedly displaying questionable caricatures of Parliament, the national emblem and the Constitution has sparked outrage among people.
    Aseem was remanded to police custody till September 16 after being produced before a holiday court on

    His arrest has been criticised by voices from across the board. Aseem's family and other anti-corruption activists criticised the move claiming there was nothing unpatriotic about his cartoons.

    "My son has done no wrong. He was only expressing his opinion and certain people have misunderstood his work. He was only showing how corruption has plagued the system. Only the truth," said Ashok Trivedi, Aseem Trivedi's father.

    Justice Markandey Katju, Press Council of India chairman, on Sunday defended Aseem Trivedi saying the cartoonist has done nothing illegal.

    "My opinion is that the cartoonist did nothing illegal. In a democracy many things are said, some truthful and others false," Katju said in a statement.

    To drive home his point, Katju recalled his own words as a judge and said he used to often say in court that people can call him a fool or crook inside the court or outside but he will never initiate contempt of court proceedings, because either the allegation is true, "in which case I deserve it, or it is false, in which case I will ignore it".

    "These are occupational hazards, and politicians, like judges, must learn to put up with them," Katju said.

    He maintained that arresting a cartoonist or any other person who has not committed a crime is itself a crime under the Indian Penal Code as it is a wrongful arrest and wrongful confinement.

    Aseem's arrest is a curb on a citizen's freedom of expression and charging him with sedition is outrageous, lawyers also said.

    "Trivedi is not dishonouring anything, he is expressing his ideologies and viewpoints through his cartoons. Only people of low intellect don't understand that. His arrest is a complete curb on freedom of expression," Mahesh Jethmalani, criminal lawyer, said.

    An IAC spokesperson alleged Trivedi "was badly roughed up and pushed into the police vehicle where his head banged against the vehicle body".

    "We are shocked at the way an artist and activist is being treated by police. The IAC Mumbai will always support freedom of expression which is the right of every individual given to us by the constitution," the spokesperson said.

    Social Media was also abuzz after Aseem's arrest with everyone criticising his arrest and pledging full support to him.

    Everyone took to Twitter to show their protest and support to the cartoonist. A message was also circulated on Twitter insisting Twiterrati to change their display picture to the cartoon (depicting national emblem as wollf) for which Aseem was booked.

    Music Director Vishal Dadlani changed his display picture and tweeted, "It is an artist's duty to be a mirror to the Nation. #AseemTrivedi has done no wrong by showing the tragic state of India. #FreeAseem".

    Kiran Bedi on her tweet said, "Cartoons are an expression of reality. Instead of reacting by use of state power, why not consider these as an opportunity to reflect?"
     
  13. Some of best tweets on this criminal act :

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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Legally, one cannot insult a national symbol.

    However, one has to also see the context of the issue and not apply legal provision like a tattoo (small immature pony).

    But then Govt servants are but tattoos of political parties in power!
     
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    So rightly said, most of our politicians have a thick skin when it comes to corruption and personal wealth building, but are ready to apply charges of sedition against a cartoonist.

    From the Dictionary , Sedition means

    1. speech or behaviour directed against the peace of a state
    2. (Law) an offence that tends to undermine the authority of a state
    3. (Law) an incitement to public disorder
    4. Archaic revolt

    I do not see the cartoons as coming under any of these categories.
     
  16. Justice Katju defends arrested cartoonist Aseem Trivedi

    Justice Markandey Katju, Press Council of India chairman, on Sunday defended Aseem Trivedi, who was arrested for allegedly posting seditious content on his web portal, saying the cartoonist has done nothing illegal.

    "My opinion is that the cartoonist did nothing illegal.

    In a democracy many things are said, some truthful and others false," Katju said in a statement.
    Trivedi was arrested on Saturday and produced in a Mumbai court which sent him to police custody till September 16.

    He was arrested following a complaint that he had put up banners mocking the Indian Constitution during the Anna Hazare rally held last year in Mumbai.

    To drive home his point, Katju recalled his own words as a judge and said he used to often say in court that people can call him a fool or crook inside the court or outside but he will never initiate contempt of court proceedings, because either the allegation is true, "in which case I deserve it, or it is false, in which case I will ignore it".

    "These are occupational hazards, and politicians, like judges, must learn to put up with them," Katju said.

    He maintained that arresting a cartoonist or any other person who has not committed a crime is itself a crime under the Indian Penal Code as it is a wrongful arrest and wrongful confinement.

    "So policemen, who make such illegal arrests, cannot take the plea that they were obeying orders of political superiors," he said.

    Citing another example, he said, "During the Nuremberg trials, the Nazi war criminals took the plea that orders are orders, and that they were only obeying the orders of their political superior Hitler. But this plea was rejected by the International Tribunal which held that illegal orders should be disobeyed."
     
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    Seen the mockery the parliamentarians have displayed of the parliament, of every state institution which includes police, judiciary, investigative agencies etc. it's the 543 members in delhi and the thousands others MLAs who should be charged with sedition and anti national activities for screwing this country so bad.
     
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    Are our constitution and other national symbols so weak that they get slighted and are in danger when they are made objects of a cartoon.

    This proves that indeed Pen is mightier than a sword. The broad strokes of a pen making the cartoons have left the establishment and it's thekedars shaken to their core.
     
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    shame on our politicians , are we going back to the emergency period ?
     
  20. Sedition charge against Aseem Trivedi likely to be dropped

    Sedition charges against cartoonist Aseem Trivedi are likely to be dropped in the next 24 hours. According to a report, the cartoonist will now be charged for insulting the national emblem. Facing sedition charges under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, along with other offences under the Information Technology Act, Trivedi was arrested in Mumbai late on Saturday and sent to seven days police custody by a magistrate Sunday.
    After questioning him for a day, police decided not to grill the cartoonist any further. He was produced again before a court which sent him to judicial custody till Sep 24.

    The government faced a mounting domestic and international backlash on Tuesday over the arrest of a cartoonist on sedition charges as critics accused it of using colonial era laws to crush dissent.

    The arrest at the weekend of Aseem Trivedi, a freelance cartoonist and anti-corruption campaigner, sparked outrage from activists who say that the authorities in the country have become increasingly intolerant of criticism.

    Media rights group Reporters Without Borders called for the immediate and unconditional release of Trivedi, who has refused to apply for bail saying that he wants all charges dropped.

    "The prosecution and detention of the cartoonist are a gross violation of freedom of expression and information," the Paris-based organisation said.

    Trivedi's arrest came shortly after the Central government ordered more than 300 websites, social networking pages, Twitter accounts and other online content to be blocked in an attempt to halt the spread of rumours about ethnic violence.

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) echoed calls for Trivedi to be freed in a case that has sparked widespread debate about freedom of expression in India.

    "Criminalising Aseem Trivedi's efforts to highlight the serious problem of corruption is a perverse exercise of power and runs completely counter to India's democratic principles," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia programme coordinator.

    Trivedi was arrested in Mumbai under laws governing sedition, information technology and protecting India's national flag and Constitution after a private complaint from a young lawyer based in the city.

    A court on Monday ordered the cartoonist to be held in custody until September 24.

    Law minister Salman Khurshid has insisted that the Indian court system is independent of the government, adding that "there is rule of law and an appropriate procedure. I am sure that the law will take its own course".

    In the most famous recent sedition case, doctor and human rights activist Binayak Sen was jailed for life in 2010 for allegedly helping Maoist rebels.

    He was freed on bail last year on the instructions of the Supreme Court which ruled that the sentence should be suspended.

    The government has recently shown sensitivity to criticism of its leaders, with the government responding angrily to a Washington Post article on the struggling Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been hit by a string of graft scandals.

    Accusations of intolerance over satirical cartoons surfaced in May when lawmakers reacted in fury over an old cartoon being used in school textbooks lampooning BR Ambedkar, author of Constitution.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The insecurity plaguing the Govt is showing its colours!

    Take this cartoon that became a controversy.

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    It was to indicate that the Constitution making required to be whipped into action.

    It was, for political mileage, given the hue by scoundrels that Nehru was whipping Ambedkar - a poor old Dalit!

    There are many interested vested interest who twist issues to appear noble and then sit back and enjoy the political reaping!

    Now the Constitution is also a sacred cow.

    Shankar should have been arrested.

    But then how come he was off the hook?

    Because people then were not bankrupt and insecure!

    Please note where Nehru's eyes are - at the constitution and not Ambedkar.

    Unless Nehru was cockeyed, why the modern politicians thought Nehru was whipping Ambedkar the Dalit.

    Because the modern politicians are cockeyed - their eyes are on the vote bank and not on the issue!
     
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