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India's shame depicted in art on sale

February 27, 2008:

Indian police in Gaziabad have registered a case against organisers of a painting exhibition that showcased paintings of nude and dismembered bodies of the victims of the Nithari serial rapes and murders.

Paintings depicting nude girls and women, dismembered bodies being thrown into an open oven and of a child cowering in terror before a lustful man, etc were the ones that had been put on display for the visitors, news agency IANS reported.

The exhibition that took place at Green Mark Art Gallery, Sector 2 Vaishali, Ghaziabad had put on sale the disturbing paintings and kept it open for general public from Feb 17-29.

Local police officers told the Times of India that the paintings were "being distasteful and indulging in commercial exploitation" but they are referring the one dozen paintings to "experts because we do not want to appear to be indulging in moral policing. Art is not our domain."

Police said a report had been filed against the Vaishali-based art gallery owners at Indirapuram police station.

The complaint was made by Karanvir, whose daughter, Madhu, was among those murdered at Pandherís house, number D-5, Nithari, Noida.

A number of kin of the Nithari victims had on Tuesday demonstrated outside the gallery, demanding arrest of Neeraj Nigam and Chandan, owners of the gallery.

They had also demanded arrest of the artists. A case has been registered under section 292 of the Indian Penal Code, which pertains to commercial exploitation of obscene depictions.

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