The editor of an Indian newspaper was arrested for reprinting controversial images published in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Shirin Dalvi, editor of the Mumbai edition of an Urdu-language daily, Avadhnama, was reportedly arrested by local police on Wednesday, but later granted bail, the Times of India reported. Inside its Jan. 17 issue, the daily paper had carried the picture of the Charlie Hebdo cover printed after the terrorist attack on its offices in Paris.
She was arrested in the town of Mumbra, near the financial capital of Mumbai. The police acted under a clause in the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits malicious and deliberate acts designed to outrage religious sentiments.
"She was arrested by us, produced in the court and granted bail. We are investigating the matter," SM Mundhe, a senior police official in Mumbra, told Agence France-Presse, cited by local news agency NDTV.
Several readers had approached police in Mumbai and the neighboring district of Thane to complain about the covers being reprinted, the Indian Express reported. A local Urdu-language journalists’ group, the Urdu Patrakar Sangh, had called for her arrest after the issue was published.
Speaking to the Indian Express after being released, Dalvi said she had made a mistake, and had not intended to harm any religious feelings.
The cover in question, portraying a picture of the Prophet Muhammad carrying a sign saying ‘tout est pardonné’ (all is forgiven), had sparked protests across the Muslim world.