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Cartoonist Bala arrested for obscene imagery of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami

G Bala is freelance cartoonist and his creations are quite popular in the state of Tamil Nadu. His cartoons on politics and politicians often provide the general public with new perspectives about how things work. However, Bala appeared to have crossed the line when he created an obscene cartoon that depicted the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in a bad manner. Bala’s cartoon also had obscene image of the Tirunelveli police commissioner and district collector. Bala was trying to highlight the tragic incident wherein all the members of a family had self-immolated themselves in front of the Tirunelveli collectorate. The tragic incident had happened around two weeks back. Cartoonists are known for their flair to depict the problems being faced by the people, but Bala went overboard and created a cartoon that was obscene.

Bala had circulated the obscene cartoon on social media and WhatsApp groups. The cartoon shows a child burning, surrounded by three naked men, who have their private parts covered with bundles of note. The cartoon also mentions the police commissioner, the collector and the CM. The cartoon is trying to say that the high and the mighty have failed to take action against the people responsible for the death of the family members since they have been bribed with money. However, the cartoon is obscene, which is why Bala has been arrested by the police. He has been charged with Section 67 of the Information Technology Act (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) and Section 501 of the Indian Penal Code (Printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory).

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