Delhi gallery refuses to remove nude paintings, VHP continues protests

NEW DELHI: Despite mounting pressure from right wing group the Vishnu Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Delhi Art Gallery has refused to to take down the paintings that depict nude art works.

The VHP has objected to the gallery displaying art works that depict women as a commodity and sex object.

Delhi Art Gallery director Ashish Anand was quoted by IBN-Live as saying, "We'll continue with the same exhibition and nothing is going to change. The exhibition will continue till March 15. Whatever Husain has painted is the depiction of a human body, there are no gods and godesses, no vulgar manner, so there is no reason why we should be removing Husain's paintings from the exhibition."

VHP, meanwhile, has made it clear that they will continue protests and stage one on Wednesday again.

Spokesperson Vinod Bansal told IBN-LIve, "We are democratic people and we are expressing feelings in a democratic manner. Our organisation only came into the picture when the administrative machinery failed."

Named 'The Naked and the Nude', the exhibition opened in the capital on Saturday and is scheduled to continue till March 15.

The Art Gallery, displaying 'modern nude art', created a controversy on Monday when it was forced to shut down temporarily by the VHP activists. Later the exhibition resumed after police protection was provided to the gallery.

Leading the protest was the Durga Vahini, the women wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which claimed that the naked and the nude exhibition portrayed women in a bad light.

The state convener of Durga Vahini, Sanjana Chaudhary said, "In the light of Delhi's gangrape, this kind of immoral act which depicts women as a sex object should not be allowed."

A letter was sent by the protestors to the organizers with a copy to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, LG Tejendra Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, imploring them to ban such an exhibition. (With inputs from the agencies)