A 24-year-old Dalit writer and journalism student from Karnataka’s Davangere district has filed a case of assault against unidentified persons who allegedly whisked him away from his hostel on the night of October 21-22 and threatened to cut off his fingers for being anti-Hindu in his writing.
Huchangi Prasad, whose maiden book ‘Odala Kicchu’ on caste-related atrocities was launched amid controversy in April this year, filed a complaint with RMC Yard Police Station in Davangere alleging that a group of eight to nine men took him away from a Dalit hostel on Wednesday night and threatened him for “writing against Hinduism and the caste system’’. Prasad has claimed that the men took him away after stating that his mother had suffered a heart attack.
The Davangere police have registered a case under Indian Penal Code section 307 (attempt to murder) and under the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act. The writer, who was also allegedly beaten up by the group of men, suffered a cut on his hand.
He lodged the police complaint on Thursday morning after receiving medical treatment.
“The investigations are on. He is not in a position to identify the persons. He has not named anybody. He has said that it is somebody opposed to his writing, possibly from the right wing,” Davangere Superintendent of Police Dr Boralingaiah said.
The launch of the young writer’s first book ‘Odala Kichu’ in Davangere earlier this year had been marked by a controversy when rationalist, critic and free thinker K S Bhagwan, who was the chief guest at the book release, questioned aspects of Hindu religious book such as the Ramayana and the life of Ram, leading to filing of an FIR against Bhagwan by right wing activists.
Right wing groups like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Sri Rama Sena had protested the remarks. A case had also been filed against Prasad in Davangere for hurting religious sentiments, police said.