FOUR MEN assaulted a young Muslim writer in Palakkad district of Kerala Sunday night for allegedly insulting God in the title of his new collection of short stories.
P Jimshar, 26, 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. In Malayalam, the word Padachon means Allahu (God).
Based on Jimshar’s complaint the police have registered a case of assault against a man named Jaffar and three unidentified people.
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 Padachonte Chithra Pradarshanam has nothing to do with God, and that the title is one of the nine stories in the book. Police said for now they are treating it as a case of assault.