Friday, February 19, 2010

Christ Picture: Cops Seize Books; Case Registered

Police in Shillong have registered a case against the publisher and seized around 123 books carrying an "objectionable picture" of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and a beer can on the other which has sparked a controversy triggering condemnations from various quarters.

"We have registered a case under Section 295(A) against Skyline Publication for hurting religious sentiments. We have seized the books from the distributor as well as the school where it was supplied," DSP Vivek Syiem told PTI on Friday, Feb 19.

He said a police team will be leaving for Delhi soon to carry forward the investigation, indicating that persons responsible would be arrested.Authorities of St Joseph Girls Higher Secondary School here, where the cursive writing book was supplied among the students of Class I to IV, yesterday filed an FIR against the publisher after the objectionable picture of Christ came to notice.The cursive writing book meant for Class I is a spelling tutor. For the alphabet 'I', the word 'Idol' is used in the book. Against this word is printed the picture of Jesus Christ with the scandalous representation.

Full report here Outlook

Related news
Cigarette-holding Jesus in school book triggers row Hindustan Times
Pictures of smoking Jesus kick up storm  Telegraph
Indian state confiscates 'blasphemous' Jesus textbooks BBC

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