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Support for Shirin Dalvi

The Network of Women in Media, India expresses its support to Shirin Dalvi, editor of the Mumbai edition of the Urdu daily Avadhnama. Shirin Dalvi faces a number of cases in different police stations in Mumbai, Thane and Malegaon on charges of violating Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (“deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs”), for having published a cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad, along with a news report, on 17 January. She has already apologised in print for this on 18 January. 

Dalvi was forced to go underground after sections of the Urdu press gave exaggerated reports about possible law and order problems due to her act. There have been demonstrations and hunger strikes in her hometown Mumbra and dire pronouncements on social media and WhatsApp that her “crime” cannot be forgiven and deserved the harshest punishment of death. 

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