Ambikesh Mahapatra (professor)

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Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra

Artist: N/A

Year: 2012

Date of Action: April 2012

Region: Asia

Location: Bengal, India

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Public Art

Confronting Bodies: Trinamool Congress workers, Indian police

Description of Artwork: Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra of Jadvapur University had sent a cartoon out in a large email, that "shows Mamata [Banerjee] and Railways Minister Mukul Roy discussing how to get rid of party MP Dinesh Trivedi." [1] The cartoon is particularly contentious for criticizing Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister.

West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee

The Incident: Professor Mahapatra was assaulted by people believed to be Trinamool Congress workers, then arrested on charges of "eve-teasing (Section 509 of the IPC), defamation (Section 500 of the IPC), humiliating a woman (Section 114 of the IPC) and causing offence using a computer (Section 66 A (b) of the IT Act)." [2]

Results of Incident: There was widespread protest over Mahapatra's incarceration, but he still faces the charges. [3]


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