In a grim reminder of the Perumal Murugan episode from Tamil Nadu in 2015, Kamal C Chavara, a Malayalam writer who was arrested recently alleging a part in his novel ” insulted ” the national anthem, has decided to withdraw his book and burn it in front of the public. Kamal C Chavara has threatened to burn his book to protest against alleged witch-hunt by police and threats from Sangh Parivar forces.
In a Facebook post, he said the sedition charges against him were not repealed though the DGP and authorities concerned had said that there was no case against him. In the emotional Facebook post today, the writer and playwright said the Intelligence Bureau sleuths have been hounding his family ever since he was released from the custody and that he did not want to continue as a writer anymore. The complaint against Kamal was filed by the Yuva Morcha, the BJP’s youth wing.
“My mother, father, who is a heart patient, my brother, who has a hearing and speaking impairment, and his family have been in trouble because of me. I have been a headache for them from the day I was born. The sedition charge on me has not been yet withdrawn. I am constantly getting threat calls on my landline at home and mobile phone. I don’t wish to live as a writer. Day after tomorrow (Saturday), I will be burning by book in public at 4 pm at Kidson corner (in Kozhikode). I believe you will support and forgive me,” he has said in the post today.
The police had taken Kamal into custody on 18 December and charged him under Section 124 (A) of IPC from Kozhikode. The complaint was filed after Kamal posted on Facebook a portion from his novel, Smasanangalude Nottupustakam (The Notebook of the Cemeteries), in protest against the Supreme Court verdict on playing the national anthem in cinema theatres. The Yuva Morcha had alleged that the post was an insult to the national anthem. However, later the police had dropped the charges and released him.