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Aseem Trivedi to surrender to police; charged with sedition
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’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.