Kerala Author Beaten over controversial book


Malayalam writer P Jimshar (26) was attacked by a group of people in Palakkad on Sunday. alleging blasphemous contents in his recently released book ‘Padachonte Chitra Pradarshanam (The Creator’s Art Exhibition)’. 

The incident took place on Sunday night. Reports on Tuesday said that 26-year-old P Jimshar was attacked when he was waiting at a bus-stop at Koottanadu in the district. Jimshar’s collection of short stories –  Padachonte Chithra pradarshanam (God’s Photo Exhibition) –  is slated for release on August 5.

The writer has landed in a soup since the word 'Padachon' means Allahu (God) in Malayalam. Based on Jimshar’s complaint, the police have registered a case of assault against a man named Jaffar and three unidentified people.

IN his complaint to the police, the writer said that he was waiting for a bus when a man came up to him and said he knew the him. “He took me a little away from the bus stop and asked, ‘Will you write derisively about Padachon?’ Then I was kicked in the chest. Three others also joined him and attacked me. Locals took me to hospital,’’ he said.

He, however, added that Padachonte Chithra Pradarshanam has nothing to do with God, and that the title is one of the nine stories in the book.