Thane: The editor of a local Urdu daily has been arrested on charges of reprinting a controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed originally published by French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by terrorists in Paris early this month.
"Shireen Dalvi, who is the editor of 'Awadhnama', was arrested yesterday and produced before a court. The court has granted her bail. She was held on charges of hurting religious sentiments by reprinting the controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed," said S M Mundhe, Senior Inspector at Mumbra police station.
A photo of late French cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, aka Tignous, is displayed during the exhibition "Une histoire de Charlie hebdo" ("A History of Charlie Hebdo") on January 28 in tribute to the French cartoonists killed during the attack on the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo which left twelve dead on January 7, in France. Pic/AFP
Dalvi's newspaper had in its January 17 edition, carried the image printed on the Charlie Hebdo cover issue. Subsequently, a man identified as Nushrat Ali, drew the attention of Mumbra police complaining that Awadhnama had published the controversial image which hurt the religious sentiments here and create enmity among different communities.
"After inquiring into the matter, we registered an FIR against Dalvi last week for hurting the religious sentiments of people. Dalvi was held yesterday and granted bail," Mundhe said.