I drew no wrong, I'm not sorry: Aseem Trivedi
The 25-year-old Trivedi walked out of jail earlier Wednesday, three days after he was charged with sedition. Trivedi, an activist of India Against Corruption (IAC), was given bail Tuesday. The case has led to outrage in the country.
"I respect the law, but I do not respect a law that, even today, makes us feel as if we are not living in a free country," he said, addressing media persons here after his release.
When asked if it was appropriate to draw a cartoon depicting 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab urinating on the Indian Constitution, Trivedi maintained that he expressed things as he saw them, and there was no reason to think it was improper. He said he saw no need for an apology.
Trivedi slammed the sedition law under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, stating that the law was a colonial relic that was used by the British government to "silence rebel voices".
"This law should be repealed from our Constitution. It is the only law more misused than used. It is archaic and befitting a monarchy, not a democracy," he said.
Amid a series of corruption scams, and under extreme pressure from an opposition that won't settle any less than seek the Prime Minister's resignation, the UPA-II completed its 9th anniversary and released its last report card before the general elections 2014.
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