A young writer was thrashed by a group of people in Palakkad district of Kerala for using God's name in the title of his soon to be released book.
P. Jamshar had named his new short story collection as Padachonte Chitrapradarshanam (Painting exhibition of the god). “Padachon” is a colloquial word, used to refer to the God mainly by the Muslim community in the state.
Police said four people attacked Jamshar at Koottanad in the district on Sunday night when the victim was waiting for bus. The writer was soon rushed to a nearby hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
A case was registered under IPC Section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and IPC 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), IPC 34 (criminal acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), against the attackers. However, no arrest has been made so far.
The attack has triggered a widespread outrage in the state with many calling for action against “cultural policing” and “intolerance.”
Reports have quoted one of the friends of Jamshar as saying that the writer had received threat calls and messages on WhatsApp, ever since he announced the new book.
A collection of nine short stories, Padachonte Chitrapradarshanam is expected to be released at a function in Kochi on August 5.