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Gay Artist Attacked in New Delhi at Exhibition of His Work: VIDEO


A gay artist has been attacked in New Delhi at an exhibition of his work, the Times of India reports:

Balbir_krishanThe artist, Balbir Krishan, said the attacker entered the solo exhibition space at Lalit Kala Akademi with his face covered by a handkerchief. He pushed and kicked Krishan, a double amputee who has lost both his legs, while hurling insults all the while.

Krishan, 38, from a village called Bijrol in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh, had received several threats over phone on Wednesday. The calls -- made from phone booths - accused the artist, himself homosexual, of "spreading" homosexuality in the country. According to Krishan, the caller said, "Tuney Hindu dharam ko bigarne ka theka laga rakha hai (You are determined to ruin Hinduism)." Before that, posters advertising his exhibition at Garhi studios and near Jamia Milia Islamia, were ripped and burnt.

The disturbing attack on Krishan and his work was captured on video.


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  1. Religion is, apparently, a license to use physical violence and intimidation or worse, to oppress anyone with whom one might disagree. Religion must, one day, find its rightful place on the trash-heap of ignorant fantasies.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jan 6, 2012 10:09:08 AM

  2. Oppression ends when the last king is strangled with the intestines of the last priest.

    Posted by: Nigel | Jan 6, 2012 10:23:19 AM

  3. I find this disturbing and horrible. I wonder if the camera man came to his aid? And where was the gallery security?

    Posted by: truthiness | Jan 6, 2012 10:26:22 AM

  4. In many cases, there is no actual gallery security, especially at small or foreign galleries.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 6, 2012 10:35:31 AM

  5. The video is shocking and scary:

    True spirituality and faith that wants to better the world is never the problem. It is always people using religion as an excuse to hate.....
    "trying to ruin Hinduism" Now that is a new twist....

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jan 6, 2012 10:41:19 AM

  6. Kevin you are sadly mistaken about religion. It can be a wonderful thing! This act was that of a coward who thinks of himself as a hero. I do not see anything to do with religion in this deplorable crime. I hope he can salvage some of his art and I hope it does not stop him from creating mote.

    Posted by: classychazy | Jan 6, 2012 11:38:43 AM

  7. I think Kevin is happily unmistaken about religion.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Jan 6, 2012 2:06:11 PM

  8. f***ing coward ... always hiding what they are: BIGOTS that have no place in a civilized society.

    So did they catch the guy who perpetrated this crime?

    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 6, 2012 3:09:51 PM

  9. NIGEL: I love that re-working of the Situationist slogan! Excellent.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Jan 6, 2012 10:47:33 PM

  10. @ClassyChazy - Nothing to do with religion? Read the perpetrator's quote!

    Posted by: Book 7 | Jan 7, 2012 12:20:52 PM

  11. It has nothing to do with religion? How do you think the lunatic got be so batshitcrazy?

    Posted by: Sergio | Jan 7, 2012 10:00:09 PM

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