Face of 2002 Guj riots wants ban on use of picture
Ahmedabad: The man, who became the face of
2002 communal riots in Gujarat with an iconic photograph that
shows him begging for mercy becoming ubiquitous, wants a ban
on its use.
Qutubbuddin Narsuddin Ansari has written to Ahmedabad
Police Commissioner seeking to ban the media and others from
using the 2002 picture, contending some people were using it
for personal gains.
In a letter of June 9 (which came to light on Thursday),
Ansari asked the city Police Commissioner to restrain the
media, NGOs and others from using the picture in magazines,
websites or brochures.
"Today, I am living in peace with my family. Not only
that, my children are also being brought up in a very good
environment," he has said.
"It hurts me when even today I see my picture with folded
hands depicting my helplessness in newspapers, websites and on
covers of reports of some NGOs," he said.
"I would request you (Commissioner) to please impose a
ban on the use of my picture in future. And also, ask all the
media, websites and NGOs to remove my picture from their
Ansari recalls in the letter that when the riots had
broken out in 2002, he was living in Naroda area of the city.
A mob had attacked the area and he was saved by the police in
A photographer clicked the picture while he was pleading
for mercy before the mob, he said.
"I have been a victim of the gruesome riots. But to date,
I have not received adequate compensation. I have made an
application for compensation before the Ahmedabad collector
but it was rejected on the ground that the application should
have been filed in 2002," Ansari added.
Post-riots, he shifted to Malegaon in Maharashtra and
later went to Kolkata with the help of NGO Citizens for
Justice and Peace. He stayed there for over a year, he says.
In Kolkata, he came to know how his picture was being
used by websites, NGOs and other people "for personal gains".
The picture was used by national and international
organisations on websites for fund gathering for the riot
victims, he adds.
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