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)’.
According to the police, he was waylaid and attacked by assailants when he was headed for his house on Sunday night. “I was attacked saying ‘how dare you write about padachon (creator)’? They said I will not live peacefully if I promote my book,” said the young writer recuperating in a hospital.
Doctors said he suffered serious injuries on both legs. Police said they suspect the involvement of a fundamentalist outfit in the attack.
Earlier, the writer had received threats asking him to change the title of the book and remove controversial contents. Writers of the state decried the attack, saying creativity can’t be stifled through violence.