An Indian artist was brutally attacked by an unidentified assailant during an exhibition of his homoerotic paintings in Delhi, the Times of India is reporting.
Balbir Krishan told the publication that the disguised attacker entered the exhibition space at Lalit Kala Akademi as the artist was speaking about his collection, titled "Out Here And Now," to viewers. As seen in the above video, the assailant, who wore a handkerchief to conceal his face, vandalized one of the framed pieces before pushing and kicking Krishan, a double amputee who reportedly lost both his legs in a 1996 train accident and now has artificial limbs.
"I was outside the hall talking to people and suddenly realized that there was someone behind me," Krishan is quoted by IBNLive as saying. "Before I could turn back that person hit me on my head."
Krishan also claims that he had been receiving threatening phone calls prior to the attack. “I have not portrayed homosexuality before, but I have painted male figures," he told Indian Express. "Since I support homosexuality, this work was personal for me. However, I never expected such a reaction."
As of yesterday, the exhibition, which began Dec. 30, remained open to the public despite the attack.