Political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi surrendered Saturday. He is facing complaints of insulting the national emblem and other national symbols in his anti-corruption cartoons. He was arrested and will be produced in court Sunday. The Kanpur-based cartoonist, against whom several sedition cases have been filed in the state, had earlier said he would surrender.
Caricatures made by Trivedi had been displayed during the anti-corruption protests led by Anna Hazare in Mumbai last December. Private complaints had been filed against Trivedi, 25, a freelance cartoonist and this year’s recipient of ‘Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award’ of Cartoonists Rights Network International, based in Virginia, US.
Trivedi shared the award with Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat, who has featured in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people.
Among the controversial cartoons for which complaints were filed against him are one of the national emblem in which the four lions are shown as wolves, blood oozing from their mouth and the word Satyameva replaced with Bhrashtameva in the inscription Satyameva Jayate below the emblem. In another depiction he has depicted the Parliament House as a toilet. In yet another cartoon, ‘Mother India’ is depicted as a woman who is about to be raped.