Young Dalit writer assaulted in Karnataka for ‘anti-Hindu’ writings

Huchangi Prasad, a 23-year-old student and author of a book 'Odala Kichchu' alleged that he was assaulted on Wednesday

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Updated: October 23, 2015 5:46 pm

Amid continuing countrywide protests by writers over “rising intolerance”, a young Dalit activist and writer was allegedly attacked by unidentified men whom he suspects to be right-wing activists, for his “anti-Hindu” writings at Davangere in central Karnataka.

Huchangi Prasad, a 23-year-old student and author of a book ‘Odala Kichchu’ which speaks against the caste system, alleged that he was assaulted on Wednesday and threatened that his fingers would be cut for writing against Hinduism.

“On October 21, late night, a group of eight to nine persons came to SC/ST hostel where I reside and told me that my mother was unwell. Worried I followed them. They took me to a place and started threatening and assaulting me for writing against Hinduism and caste system,” Prasad told PTI.

Prasad, a journalism student, alleged, “They also smeared kumkum on my face and threatened to cut my fingers for my writings.”

Prasad said he received some minor injuries in the attack, adding, “They (the attackers) said I’m born as Dalit, because of sins I had committed in my previous life.”

Asked whether the men belonged to any particular group, Prasad said “From their words it was almost clear that they are from some right wing group but I’m not completely sure.”

A case has been registered against unidentified persons at RMC Yard Police Station in this regard. Police said they are on a lookout for the suspects.

“A complaint was filed by Prasad yesterday alleging eight to ten persons had attacked him and attempted to kill him,” a police official involved in the investigation said.

He said a case has been registered under various sections of Indian Penal Code, including 307 (attempt to murder), as also under sections of the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act.

The incident has occurred at a time when at least 35 writers from across the country have announced their decision to return their Sahitya Akademi awards to protest the “rising intolerance” in the country and the killing of Kannada writer and rationalist M M Kalburgi at Dharwad in north Karnataka.

Another Kannada free-thinker and writer K S Bhagwan had also received threats for his remarks against Hinduism and its Gods which the right wing groups saw as “offensive” and “provocative” hurting Hindu sentiments.

The writers facing threats have been provided security after the killing of Kalburgi who was shot dead at point blank range by two men, who are still at large, in August.

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  1. K
    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:49 am
    No cure of islamophobia. It is Hindus internal problem , why Muslims are dragged into it
    1. U
      US NRI
      Oct 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm
      Why is this newspaper saying dalit? He is writer first. His caste has nothing to do here. Indian media needs to pay attention as the world looks at Indian news seriously now
      1. S
        Oct 24, 2015 at 12:01 am
        was he writing against caste system or any hindu gods ? freedom of speech does not allows to insult any religion . if he was writing against caste system in india he as every wright to do
        1. A
          Oct 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm
          you are right. Also to throw some more light, do you guys know who are gurjars?they were the kshatriyas who were rulers and when they lost their kingdoms ,they took to robbery!no caste was or is lower!
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            Anuj Kapoor
            Oct 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm
            Surprising that these elements are finding protection and space to operate in states ruled by Congress and their partners. Are these elements getting protection / encouragement in these states ?? If No then the state machinery is truly incompetent to stop these lumpun elements.
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