Indian cartoonist jailed on sedition chargesSeptember 11th, 2012 - 9:46 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
New Delhi, Sept 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A cartoonist in India has been imprisoned for two weeks on sedition charges because of his drawings that were made in a satirical manner on the corruption cases in India’s political elite. This action has caused a debate on the freedom of speech in the world’s democracy.
The cartoonist Aseem Trivedi presented himself to the police in the capital city of Mumbai. The cartoonist was imprisoned because of drawings that portrayed the parliament as a toilet that full of flies among other drawings. The satirical cartoonist will be jailed for a long period of time if he is found guilty. He is currently in judicial prison after he refused bail.
Word about this case spread around and was faced by protests from free speech and anti-graft groups who say that the government in India has had several cases of corruption and does not want to be criticized.
According to Markandey Katju who is the head of the press council of India told the local media house that the politicians have to know how to tolerate criticism since this is not a dictatorship government. The previous month, the prime minister is said to have blocked several accounts in the social media because of articles that insulted some politicians.
The minister in charge of media issues told cartoonists to avoid drawing the politicians. There were other cases on government harassment on criticisms’. Activists say that the cartoons were top be judged of there relevance by the people and not the judicial system.
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