Fringe right-wing outfit vandalises Jaipur Art Summit for semi-nude paintings, artist thrashed
Activists of Lal Shakti, women�s outfit and Rashtriya Hindu Ekta Manch (RHEM) on Friday vandalised the Jaipur Art Summit and thrashed one of the painters.
Activists of Lal Shakti, women’s outfit and Rashtriya Hindu Ekta Manch (RHEM) on Friday vandalised the Jaipur Art Summit and thrashed one of the painters.
The miscreants entered in the venue and misbehaved with artist Radha Binod Sharma claiming that the paintings were “obscene”. They also took away one of the paintings displayed at the high-profile art fair.
The culprits have been identified by the police and Pandit Vijay Shankar Pandey, state general secretary of RHEM, was later arrested under Section 151 of the CrPC.
The police said Lal Shakti leader Hemlata Sharma was “absconding” and the investigation is on.
“A few women, accompanied by some men, came in a vehicle… Some purported media persons who had cameras with them arrived separately… They went to the basement where the painting was displayed. It was all pre-planned and happened very quickly,” Shailendra Bhatt, founder director of the JAS which is in its fourth year told The Indian Express.
A volunteer, Navneet, who was in the gallery at the time of the incident, said Hemlata inquired about the artist. “We thought she had some genuine queries, so we called the artist,” he said.
“But as soon as Radha Binod Sharma came, the woman shouted, ‘kya hai ye painting (what sort of a painting is this),” said another volunteer, Tanvi. “She pulled down the painting… and pushed the artist when he tried to stop her. The men who were with her warned the artist not to touch her,” said Tanvi, reported The Indian Express.
The event's organisers strongly condemned such acts of vandalism on the creative freedom of the artist. Jaipur Art Summit is being held from December 7-11 and around 500 artists from 25 countries are participating in the summit.