The Lahore High Court in Pakistan is hearing a petition to remove a huge “sculpture of Satan” that is frightening children outside the Lahore Museum, Daily Pakistan reported.
“This sculpture has nothing to do with our culture whereas the purpose of a museum is to preserve our history and culture,” Ambreen Qureshi, the petitioner, told Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan at the 17 January 2019 hearing.
The Justice reportedly said “to control Satan is the responsibility of us all”, and asked the Punjab chief secretary and the Lahore Museum director to reply to the petition within a week.
The 20-foot-high, animal-man hybrid sculpture by Irtbaatul Hassan, a student at Punjab University of Arts and Design, was placed on the grounds of Lahore Museum on 11 January as part of an outdoor statue exhibition.
Hassan’s sculpture was intended to highlight the differences between man and animals, which are incapable of self-reflection, according to The News on Sunday.
The controversial sculpture has already been covered up with cloth and taken away, it said.