Cannot target national symbols in cartoons: Government

September 10th, 2012 - 5:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Ambika Soni New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) As rights activists criticised the government for arresting a cartoonist for an allegedly derogatory cartoon, the government Monday said that such artists should stay “within constitutional limits” and not make national symbols the target of cartoons.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters that the government had “no problems” with cartoons, but “they should stay within constitutional parameters” and added that “they cannot make national symbols the object of their cartoon”.

She was speaking after a furore erupted over the arrest of Aseem Trivedi for allegedly uploading a derogatory cartoon on his web portal.

Trivedi, 25, an activist of India Against Corruption (IAC), was picked up Saturday evening by Mumbai police following a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him.

He is accused of uploading “ugly and obscene” matter on his web portal and for putting up objectionable banners insulting the Indian constitution during Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption agitation here last December.

IAC too Monday demanded that Trivedi be “unconditionally released” and “the baseless charge of sedition be withdrawn instantly”.

A Mumbai court Sunday remanded Trivedi to seven days police custody.

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