Civil Liberties

Indian Cartoonist Jailed for Sedition

Drawings satirized nation's corrupt politics


An Indian cartoonist detained on sedition charges for his satirical drawings highlighting widespread corruption among India's political elite has been jailed for two weeks, rekindling a fierce debate on freedom of speech in the world's largest democracy.

Aseem Trivedi, 25, turned himself in to police in the Indian commercial capital of Mumbai on the weekend. His arrest followed the publication of a series of cartoons, including one drawing that depicts the parliament building as a lavatory buzzing with flies.

Mr. Trivedi is being held in judicial custody after refusing bail. If found guilty, the satirist could face a lengthy prison sentence.