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Vadodra student artists nailed by VHP for depicting deities in bad light

Two students of Vadodras prestigious M S University are facing charges of showing deities indecently in their works.

Vadodra, May 11 : Two students of Vadodra's prestigious M S University are facing charges of showing deities indecently in their works.

On the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's complaint, the two students have been arrested.

VHP activists have alleged that the exhibits demean Hindu and Christian deities.

Chandramohan and Venkat were arrested for an exhibiting their works meant for internal assessment. They were produced in a court here on Thursday.

One of Chandramohan's works depicted a cross depicting Jesus Christ with a penis sticking out and a pot placed underneath collecting water oozing out of it. His other exhibits depicted Hindu Gods and Goddesses in the nude.

"We asked the artist why he had come up with such objectionable work. He said it is my art, if M F Hussain can do it, so can I. They all want to become Hussain these days. This is a conspiracy to demean Gujarati people to the rest of the world; they expected them to get provoked and vandalise the place. We want their designs to unravel before the public at large," said Neeraj Jain, Secretary, VHP, Vadodra.

Hussain's paintings have often depicted revered Hindu gods and goddesses in the nude, sparking criticism from various quarters.

He is facing a criminal complaint lodged by Arvind Kumar Shrivastava for hurting the religious sentiments of people through his controversial paintings, including that of 'Bharat Mata'. He is currently living in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

The Dean of the Fine Arts Department has argued that the exhibition is not meant for public viewing.

"The exhibition was entirely an exercise involving just the students, the teachers and the university establishment. As outsiders, only friends and invited guests and those interested in art come to see the paintings," said Shiv Panicker, the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts of M S University.

"We have never had this kind of experience before," Panicker added.

Manoj Soni, the vice-chancellor of the university, was apologetic and conceded that the students had gone too far.

"It was perhaps unintentional, but the students did hurt the sentiments of a large section of society through their art. This is my opinion," Soni, who was flanked by VHP activists, told reporters.

ANI

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