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Moral Police

People protest against moral policing named 'Hokalingon' at Tollygunge metro station in Kolkata.

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Youth protest against moral policing named 'Hokalingon' at Tollygunge metro station in Kolkata.

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A man and a woman hug in protest at Tollygunge metro station in Kolkata.

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Police in action against AAP volunteers during a protest outside Sansad Marg Police Station over the arrest of Dy CM Manish Sisodia, in New Delhi.

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In this Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 photo, plywood panels cover naked statues inside the Campidoglio, Capitol Hill, during a meeting between Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in Rome, Italy.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with BSF jawans at BSF floating BOP during his visit at Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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A woman lays flowers at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

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Yemenis chant slogans during a protest against caricatures published in French magazine Charlie Hebdo in front of the French Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen.

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Supporters of a Pakistani religious group 'Fidaiyan-e-Khetm-e-Nebuwwat' stand on the representations of American, French and Israeli flags and chant slogans during a demonstration to protest against caricatures published in French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Activists of Majlis Bachao Tahreek burn an effigy of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo during a protest in Hyderabad.

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DSGMC supporters at a protest against the film Messenger of God in New Delhi.

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People rally to protest against caricatures published in French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Peshawar, Pakistan.

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File: Pakistani model-actor, Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy, in Pakistan.

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At the 'Kiss of Love' event held at JNU Campus, New Delhi.

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"Kiss of Love" (campaign against moral policing) activists (R) and Hindu activists (L) argue outside RSS headquarters, in New Delhi.

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A supporter of 'Kiss of Love' being arrested during a rally in Kochi.

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At the 'Kiss of Love' protest rally, in Kochi.

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Oganisers of the controversial 'Kiss of Love' event were today taken into custody as they tried to march to the Marine drive grounds in Kochi.

Courtesy: facebook.com/kissoflovekochi

The Shiv Sena-run Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has passed a proposal put forth by a woman Shiv Sena corporator to ban mannequins with lingerie on display in showrooms of the city.

Photo by Jitender Gupta/ Outlook

TV grab of the Mangalore pub attack, ’09

Burglar Devinder Singh alias "Bunty chor" being brought to Thiruvananthapuram by police.

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Girls hold placards during the Aam Admi Party protest to demand justice for the rape victims and Fast Track Courts, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Vijay Verma

Keeping low Love marriages, cellphones and uncovered heads were decreed out-of-bounds for the women of Asara village in Baghpat district, UP, by their khap panchayat in July “It’s sad to see how such archaic mindsets exist even in today’s modern society. And that they are forced upon the women.” Madhu Garg, All India Democratic Women’s Association

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The Lightning Rod How often does one dress up to be dressed down? Khushboo’s message to a hyper-sensitive Hyderabad lost itself in the storm it courted. Still, you’d think just draping oneself in Hindu pantheon iconography wouldn’t merit such fury.

Khushboo was in Hyderabad recently to attend a film function wore a sari bearing the images of Lord Rama, Krishna, Hanuman and Narasimha Swamy. This apparently triggered angst in some quarters. The Hindu Makkal Katchi has demanded that the actress apologise immediately for hurting Hindu sentiments.

Khushboo was in Hyderabad recently to attend a film function wore a sari bearing the images of Lord Rama, Krishna, Hanuman and Narasimha Swamy. This apparently triggered angst in some quarters. The Hindu Makkal Katchi has demanded that the actress apologise immediately for hurting Hindu sentiments.

Khushboo was in Hyderabad recently to attend a film function wore a sari bearing the images of Lord Rama, Krishna, Hanuman and Narasimha Swamy. This apparently triggered angst in some quarters. The Hindu Makkal Katchi has demanded that the actress apologise immediately for hurting Hindu sentiments.

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January 24, 2009 Sri Rama Sene vigilantes attack girls at a pub in Mangalore

Pakistani security officers and members of the media, look at a steam roller crushing bottles of alcohol, during a ceremony to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan.

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The latest cartoon that is causing a controversy in Tamil Nadu is from a class XII Political Science text book of the NCERT, and drawn by R.K. Laxman. It relates to the anti-Hindi agitation of 1965 in Tamil Nadu and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK)'s general secretary Vaiko has written to Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Kabil Sibal, saying the cartoon was a total distortion of history and hurt the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and maligned the Dravidian Movement.

R.K. Laxman

Unnamati Syama Sundar

In this undated photo provided by Reema Abdullah, members of the Jeddah Kings United all female team attend football exercise in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Cheering them on is the Jeddah Kings United coach and striker Reema Abdullah, second left background, who is also leading a campaign in the ultra conservative Muslim country to allow women to participate in sports and compete internationally. What they are doing is illegal, even though there are no written laws in Saudi Arabia that ban and restrict women from participating in sports. The stigma of female athletes is rooted in conservative traditions and religious views that hold giving freedom of movement to women would make them vulnerable to sins.

AP Photo/Courtesy of Reema Abdullah

The flex board set up by CPM at Thrukkannapuram in Thiruvananthapuram shows Obama in place of Jesus Christ, in its "reworked" depiction of the "Last Supper" which has upset and offended the Christian community in Kerala.

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FILE - In this Saturday, May 17, 2003 file photo, writer Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," speaks during the XI Rio de Janeiro International Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro. Rushdie cancelled plans to appear at the Jaipur Literature Festival after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination because of his controversial book. Rushdie's video address was also cancelled by the owners of the venue fearing violence.

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India’s pride! Assailant Inder Verma

Activists carry photographs of a model in a swimsuit and shout slogans against the Australian government in Jammu. The activists were protesting against the depiction of a Hindu goddess on a swimsuit at a fashion show in Australia.

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Shiv Sena activists rampage a shop selling Valentine gift and cards in protest against Valentine's Day in Amritsar.

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US actress Pamela Anderson during a TV reality show in Mumbai. Her arrival in the Big Boss house ended up getting timed with the government today asking channels airing the shows "Big Boss" and "Rakhi ka Insaf" to shift their telecast between 11 pm to 5 am citing "abusive" language, "objectionable" content and divulging of "intimate" details on the shows. But the TV channel Colors still aired the show at 9 PM, claiming they had not got the government directive, leaving the I&B ministry fuming

Viewfinder Mobbed on arrival, Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, a guest on a reality TV show, certainly delivered bang for the buck. The va-va-voom effect in a sari fetched her a cool $350,000 plus the adoration of millions of fans here.

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Sarkar raj Sambhaji Brigade protesters

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All India Rajiv Gandhi Brigade activists burn an effigy of Spanish author Javier Moro to protest against his book that allegedly defames Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.

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A book on Sonia Gandhi by a Spanish author has created a storm over what is claimed to be a fictionalised account of her life but has been described by her lawyers as containing "untruths, half truths, falsehoods and defamatory statements". Author Javier Moro's novel El Saro Rojo (The Red Saree) was first published in Spanish in October 2008 and has been translated in Italian, French and Dutch. But there are fears that its English edition may not be allowed to be published in India

Acehnese sharia police officers, center, register women caught wearing pants at a check point in Pasi Jambu, West Aceh, Indonesia. Authorities in the devoutly Islamic district of Indonesia's Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect

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An Acehnese sharia police officer stands guard as a woman caught wearing pants changes into a government-issued skirt at a check point in Pasi Jambu, West Aceh, Indonesia. Authorities in the devoutly Islamic district of Indonesia's Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect Thursday.

AP Photo/Heri Juanda

Acehnese sharia police officers stop a woman wearing pants at a check point in Pasi Jambu, West Aceh, Indonesia. Authorities in the devoutly Islamic district of Indonesia's Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect Thursday.

AP Photo/Heri Juanda

Banned Pakistan places a ban on social networking site Facebook after a usergenerated contest page set up a ‘Draw Mohammed Day’. Site has 45 mn users there.

Pakistani students hold a rally against Facebook page "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" in Islamabad, Pakistan. A Pakistani court ordered the government to block the popular social networking website Facebook temporarily because of a controversial page that encourages uses to submit images o Islam's Prophet Muhammad, a senior legal official said.

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Pakistani women affiliated with a religious party rally against the Facebook page "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" in Karachi, Pakistan. A Pakistani court ordered the government to block the popular social networking website Facebook temporarily because of the controversial page that encourages uses to submit images of Prophet Muhammad.

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Pakistani women rally holding a placard with the name of Prophet Muhammad in Multan, Pakistan. Pakistan's government ordered Internet service providers to block Youtube today after the social networking site Facebook was blocked on Wednesday amid anger over a page that encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

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Not everyone is happy at Sania Mirza's decision to marry former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik. At least Lokadhikar Welfare Trust, a voluntary organization, in Mumbai is not - here shown burning an effigy

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Pramod Muthalik vs Pink Chaddis
His Sri Rama Sena caught national attention “moral policing” women and men at a Mangalore pub. This sparked off a delightful protest engineered by four women who sent out e-mails urging people to send pink chaddis to Muthalik’s office on Valentine’s Day. The response was overwhelming.

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Wither freedom of press? This time it was Shiv Sena activists, in Mumbai, vandalising the office of IBN-Lokmat.

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August : Two TV channels and SMS service banned for allegedly inciting communal passions (J&K)

November: Maharashtra government imposed a two-month ban on 'Deshdrohi', a film based on north Indian migrants to Mumbai.

August: SAHMAT's symbolic exhibition in protest against the exclusion of MF Husain’s works at the India Art Summit at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi was vandalised by members of a little known outfit called the "Shri Ram Sena". Ironically, in May the Delhi High Court had quashed "the summoning orders and warrants of arrest" issued against M. F. Hussain, and gone on to add that 'Freedom Of speech has no meaning if there is no freedom after speech'. This was perhaps the only good news for advocates of free speech: 'There Should Be Freedom For The Thought We Hate'

July : Church, Muslims, and opposition Congress accuse CPI (M) government of injecting communist ideology in Std VII social science textbook.

June  
Police register case against Ashis Nandy for causing enmity among communities through an edit page article in Times of India

Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar's house vandalised over an article that questioned the need to build a Shivaji statue in the Arabian Sea

Editor and two journalists of Andhra Jyoti held for an article blaming Nadiga leaders

MTV Mumbai office vandalised over a publicity campaign for a reality show that showed a Sikh peeping into a room where a girl is massaging a man

Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna office attacked for a caricature of Congress man Narayan Rane in female form.

May : Skimpily clad cheerleaders of the Indian Premier League targeted by the moral police

Also in February : Controversy over A.K. Ramanujan's essay "Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation"

Period film Jodhaa Akbar angers Rajputs in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, UP, Haryana and Uttaranchal for "historical inaccuracies" about Princess Jodhaa in the period film

September: Jaya Bachchan chose to speak in Hindi and begged forgiveness from the Marathi wallahs at the music release function for her son Abhishek Bachchan's film Drona. It was enough to get the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Shiv Sena come out on the streets.

January : NDTV office attacked in Ahmedabad for conducting an SMS poll with noted painter M.F. Husain as a contender for the Bharat Ratna

October: Harbhajan Singh's Ravana act angered the Akal Takht:  "To wear a tilak (vermilion) on the forehead and to dress like Ravana and dance with a woman publicly is highly disgusting. The act was shown on several TV channels and the Sikh community can never tolerate such behaviour", said Jathedar Gyani Gurbachan Singh.

October: Taslima Nasrin was again asked by the government of India to leave the country and she quietly left for Europe on 15 October.

March : IT company Sasken ransacked by Kannada activists for a ditty by an employee that allegedly insulted Kannada and Kannadigas

March : An exhibition on Aurangzeb at Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai abruptly shut due to protests over the "poor depiction" of the Mughal emperor

February : Sania Mirza pulls out of Bangalore Open after row on comments on premarital sex, short skirts, and outcry over her allegedly placing her feet near the national flag

May: Actress Shriya Saran faces ire of Hindu groups for wearing a "provocative" dress in the presence of CM Karunanidhi.