Art exhibition named “Nude with Mangalsutra” attracts ire of Hindu community

An art exhibition which is set to take place between March 22-31 in Bengaluru, has already caused much controversy owing to its name, ‘Nude with Mangalsutra.’ The exhibition will allegedly showcase various artworks featuring naked woman in Mangalsutra. Bhavya Gowda, the Ranaragini convener of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, has written to the Bengaluru Commissioner of Police, complaining against the exhibition on the basis of “disgracing the modesty of womanhood by misusing the freedom of expression”.

“The very title ‘Nude With Mangalasutra’ is nothing but hurting the Hindu sentiment (as ‘mangalsutra’ is an ornament used only by Hindu women from ancient times) in general and disgracing the modesty of womanhood in particular by misusing the freedom of expression, that too at a prominent place like Chitrakala Parishat,” she said in her complaint.

The complainant further stated that though an artist has the right to expression in his art, he has “no authority or right or reason to defame the age-old rites of the Hindu custom or to outrage the modesty of a woman in public”.

She demanded strict action against the artist in view of the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections and claimed that the timing of the exhibition could “induce, influence voters by outraging the Indian womanhood”.

“Women in India are considered as ‘mother’ and any disgrace to that name is not tolerated by a common Hindu… It appears that the organisers and Chitrakala Parishat also, deliberately and maliciously, intend hurting the Hindus in general and women in particular. The intended exhibition, if goes on as scheduled, may create violence and disharmony,” the complaint read.

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