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India arrest over Prophet cartoon

India arrest over Prophet cartoon

Publication: BBC News
Date: February 23, 2006
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4743744.stm?

[Comment from the Hindu Vivek Kendra: Will those who paint pictures of Hindu goddesses in nude, etc., be arrested? Will those who shout about freedom of expression in support of such painters come out in support of the magazine? We doubt it. Such is the practice of secularism in India.]

Police in the Indian capital, Delhi, have arrested the editor of a little known magazine for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

Alok Tomar, who edits the Hindi language Senior India magazine, has been charged with hurting religious sentiments, police say.

It is not clear if the cartoon had any similarity to those published in the West satirising Prophet Muhammad.

Those cartoons were first published in a Danish newspaper last September.

Mr Tomar's colleagues have been quoted in the media saying the magazine had no intention of offending Muslims.

Islamic tradition prohibits any depiction of Allah or the Prophet.

The cartoons have led to widespread protests across the world, resulting in several deaths.

There have also been some low-key protests in India.

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