Kerala Writer Attacked Over Book Title, Accused Of Insulting God

The attackers allegedly said the title of P. Jimshar’s book, Padachonte Chitrapradarshanam, misinterpreted the basic tenets of Islam.


P. Jimshar Credit: Facebook

An upcoming Malayalam short story writer, P. Jimshar, was assaulted by a group of four men in the Palakkad district of Kerala on Sunday night for allegedly insulting God in the title of his new collection of short stories.

According to The Hindu, the attackers allegedly told the writer that the title of his book, Padachonte Chitrapradarshanam, misinterpreted the basic tenets of Islam.

‘Padachon’ is a colloquial Malayalam word used to refer to ‘God, the Creator’ and is used generally by the Muslim community in the state.

According to Jimshar, he was waiting for a bus when a man came up to him and said he knew the writer. “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 said his book, slated for release on August 5, had nothing to do with God, and that the title is one of the nine stories in the book.

The 26-year-old writer, who sustained injuries, was soon rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment.

According to The Indian Express, the police have registered a case of assault against a man named Jaffar and three unidentified people, based on Jimshar’s complaint. The police said that 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.

A friend of the writer, Akhil Ansar, who spoke on behalf of the Jimshar, said they suspected that the attack was a planned one and some “fundamental elements” were behind it.

The writer had recieved threat calls and messages on WhatsApp, ever since he announced the new book, Ansar said.

“Jimshar told us that the attackers asked him how dare he write about Padachon. So he suspected the involvement of some fundamental elements who are upset with the usage of ‘Padachon’ in the book’s title,” Ansar told PTI.

He said Jimshar had recently put the cover page of the book as the display picture of his WhatsApp account.

“Since then he had been receiving threat messages and calls,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)