Artistic or poetic freedom not an absolute right: Supreme Court

DC | J. VENKATESAN
Published May 15, 2015, 10:42 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 4:46 am IST
Bench gave this ruling while deciding whether a poem - Gandhi Mala Bhetala
Supreme Court of India
 Supreme Court of India

New Delhi: Artistic or poetic freedom is not an absolute right, particularly when a poem or an article pertaining to historical personalities like the Father of the Nation uses allusion or symbolism bordering on obscenity, the Supreme Court held on Thursday.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafuflla C. Pant gave this ruling while deciding whether a poem, Gandhi Mala Bhetala (I met Gandhi), published in a magazine bordered on obscenity or not. It said that the Fundamental Right enshrined in Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution was subject to limitations under Article 19 (2).

 

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