Chennai's Loyola College, a Catholic minority institution, on Monday apologised after right-wing groups alleged that a few paintings that were exhibited at a cultural event hurt Hindu sentiments. In a statement, the college said: "We acknowledge our lapse and sincerely apologise for the insurmountable hurt this has caused."
"We are deeply pained, saddened and equally anguished that the venue to conduct a cultural event Veethi Virundhu Vizha, held on 19th and 20th Jan 2019, has been misused for exhibits against a particular religious group, social institution, political party and the country's leadership," Loyola College said.
According to the college, the exhibits were removed the moment these were brought to its notice.
The statement was issued by Loyola College Art and Literary Unit Coordinator Dr Kaleeswaran.
The BJP has filed a complaint with the police against Loyola College.
The party's Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan condemned the event for its offending exhibits.
One of the exhibits shows Bharat Mata as a sexual harassment victim in the context of #MeToo.