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Updated: September 13, 2012 02:50 IST

Aseem gets a hero’s welcome

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Aseem Trivedi
Aseem Trivedi

A shower of flowers greeted cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on Wednesday as he emerged from the Arthur Road Jail here following the grant of bail by the Bombay High Court the day before.

The cartoonist’s arrest on various charges, including sedition, sparked a nationwide outrage. He was given a hero’s welcome by members of India Against Corruption and the media. A battery of camerapersons mobbed the 25-year-old Trivedi the moment he stepped out of the jail.

The IAC supporters waved flags, raised patriotic slogans and hailed the cartoonist in a grand display of support. Traffic on the road outside the prison came to a standstill for nearly half-an-hour.

‘Law must go’

“The agitation against sedition will continue till Section 124A is repealed. This fight was not limited to my release. It is for all those people charged under this Section,” the Kanpur-based cartoonist said.

Mr. Trivedi led a sizeable crowd to the nearby Buddha Vihar, where he lit a lamp before the statues of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Gautam Buddha and paid his respects.

Section 124A of IPC is a vestige of colonial rule and a potential weapon
in the hands of ruling parties.The only safety valve is the judiciary.
But before3 judicial process completes, the innocent victims like
journalists, cartoonists, whistle blowers and authors suffer unnecessary
indignities.. Therefore, either the above section of sedition should be
removed from the penal code or its abusers should be punished.

from:  Dr KC Joshi
Posted on: Sep 12, 2012 at 23:01 IST

Aseem Trivedi deserves it and anyone else who dares defile the country's emblems -- 7 days and Rs 500o is too little

Mock the politicians all you want, not the symbols and institutions that represent the country. Freedom (of anything) comes with a responsibility and I think people are forgetting that fundamental aspect these days.

from:  Rangarajan Suresh
Posted on: Sep 12, 2012 at 22:34 IST

I never knew Aseem Trivedi before this arrest. Is Congress a good leader maker?
While I did not like the Aseem Trivedi's cartoon defaming the national emblem, the government should not have used sedition charges. They could have used some other law. IAC should understand that we are only against corruption and we should not depict the national emblem in bad shape. Let us protest Gandhian way.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Sep 12, 2012 at 16:36 IST

India is at a penultimate attitude of boiling out.
Revolutionaries of every possible strata of our society will come up
with their plights against corruption and injustice.

Optimism about a harmonious and happy public doesnt seem to be on the
cards for the Congress government.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2012 at 14:54 IST

So Aseem didn't accept bail right?

from:  vivek patil
Posted on: Sep 12, 2012 at 14:52 IST

We are with you Aseem carry on.... Bloody Corrupt politician

from:  Swamy
Posted on: Sep 12, 2012 at 14:30 IST
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