The 'Nirbhaya' cartoon: Mumbai girl receives international award for courage!

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The 'Nirbhaya' cartoon goes global!
Mumbai, Sep 23: With the brutal December 16 Delhi gang rape of a young paramedic student "Nirbhaya", many nirbhayas have come forward to express their anger in many forms like mono, plays, acting and skits.

And now, it has come out in the form of a brave cartoon!

Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) selected Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra and Palestinian cartoonist Majda Shaheen as co-recipients of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning for 2014.

Kanika Mishra, a resident of Mumbai, was selected for her valour and exercise of free speech though she received numerous threats from followers of a local godman, Asaram Bapu, who were enraged at the humorous and focused cartoons she drew of his illegal sexual exploits.

When the self-styled godman Asaram was accused of raping the 16-year old daughter of two of his followers, Kanika used her talent to voice herself. She tweeted and posted on her Facebook page a cartoon tweaking Bapu supporters' blind faith in their guru.

Throughout the siege by Bapu's supporters she continued to counter Bapu's outrageous hypocrisy through her cartoons.

Each year CRNI gives this coveted award to a cartoonist in great danger who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the exercise of free speech rights under extraordinary circumstances.

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