A rare victory for freedom of speech and expression in India
In a country where freedom of speech and expression is under assault every day, where scholars and cartoonists increasingly have to regularly face the law to defend their statements and works of art, where the government gives in to anyone and everyone demanding censorship, where the government conduct stealth censorship of online speech, finally comes a rare piece of good news.
For once the police is not asking to shut down an exhibition citing ‘law and order’ issues to appease protestors, but instead giving protection to the exhibition.
The Times of India reports:
“The Naked and the Nude” exhibition hosted at the Delhi Art Gallery’s exhibition space in south Delhi witnessed a protest by the women’s wing of VHP demanding a ban on the show which they said contained “nude and obscene paintings that showed women in very bad light”. [Link]
While the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and its women’s wing, the Durga Vahini, have every right to protest if they think the paintings are offensive, they have no right to demand a ban on the exhibition. If they think the exhibition violates the law, they should take legal recourse.