India castigates reprinting of blasphemous cartoons

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) India today castigated and described as ''unacceptable'' the reprinting of the blasphemous cartoons by a Danish newspaper and said freedom of expression should always be used with responsibility and care.

An official spokesperson, in reply to a question on the re-emergence of the blasphemous cartoon, said the freedom of expression should not lead to misunderstanding and no feeling of hurt should be felt by any community.

''Hurting of sentiments of any community under the guise of freedom of expression is unacceptable,'' the spokesman said.

On Wednesday in Copenhagen, about 17 Danish newspapers, including three biggest dailies, published the controversial cartoon. The re-printing came a day after an attempt was made to murder the cartoonist.

The cartoon was one of 12 published in September 2005 by a daily which sparked violent protests in several Muslim countries in January and February 2006.

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