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Parents of Andhra fine art student say they feel helpless

Parents of a fine arts student who has been jailed on charges that his paintings have hurt Hindu and Christian sentiments, say they feel helpless about the whole episode, while artists have criticised hardline Hindu groups for assuming the role of a moral police force.

Madanapally (Andhra Pradesh)/ New Delhi, May 15 : Parents of a fine arts student who has been jailed on charges that his paintings have hurt Hindu and Christian sentiments, say they feel helpless about the whole episode, while artists have criticised hardline Hindu groups for assuming the role of a "moral police force".

"We are helpless as to what has happened in Gujarat where the case has been filed," said Shakharaiah, Chandramohan's father.

Chandramohan, a student at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, was arrested for an exhibition of his works meant for internal assessment.

He had used the symbolism of the cross in sexually explicit images of Hindu gods and goddesses in his paintings.

Several painters, students, members of the artistic community and communists have gathered in New Delhi to protest the arrest.

"If you do not like a movie, then you do not see it. You tell ten persons not to watch the movie. You write about it and hold debates. There should be a civilized way to put your point of view across," said Nandita Das, an actress and social activist.

Students and faculty members are demanding an apology from the police and hardline Hindu groups.

ANI

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