Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray apologised for the cartoon which appeared in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ that purportedly mocked the Maratha silent protesters.
A tweet attributed to him on an account stated the apology. “If the cartoon has hurt someone, I am really sorry for it,” the tweet read.
The publication also mocked students of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and tried to portray the spread of dengue using the caricature of martyred soldiers. Many on social media saw the cartoon as a form of ‘sick joke’ and Shiv Sena’s use of freedom of speech to publish something distasteful.
The pro-Maratha social organisation ‘Sambhaji Brigade’ had attacked the ‘Saamana’ office in Navi Mumbai for a shoddy portrayal of Marathas. The cartoonist responsible for the cartoon had apologised following the incident.
Here’s a look at the Saamana cartoon.
Maharashtra has been shaken by the silent marches held by the Maratha community members following the brutal gang rape and murder of a minor Maratha girl in Ahmednagar last month.