Name: Indian artist, Maqbool Fida Hussain investigated by police

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Asia

SubjectReligious , Nudity


Artist: Maqbool Fida Hussain

Confronting Bodies: Indian government and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Congress) officials

Date of Action: May 1998

Specific Location: New Delhi, India

Description of Artwork: Hussain's paintings feature the Hindu goddesses Saraswati, Draupadi and Sita in the nude.

Description of Incident: Members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad complained of Hussain's paintings. The government, dominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party, gave permission to Delhi police to investigate Hussain. Their charge was insulting the Hindu religion.

Results of Incident: Hussain has had his home in Bombay attacked by Hindu militants because of his work.

Source: Index on Censorship, 5/98

Submitted By: NCAC

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