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HC quashes case against Tamil writer

nationpaper Updated: Jul 06, 2016, 08:50 IST

CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Tuesday dismissed a case lodged against Tamil writer Perumal Murugan for allegedly offending religious sentiments after his book, Madhorubagan, was published in English as One Part Woman in 2014. In a landmark judgment in favour of free speech, a bench comprising Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, held that “the choice to read was always with the reader.” The ruling marks the end of a two-year struggle of the writer who was hounded out of his village and had to eventually take to Facebook to declare himself dead.

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