Jharkhand bans book for 'hurting' Santhali women's dignity

DECCAN CHRONICLE / PTI
Published Aug 12, 2017, 12:57 pm IST
Updated Aug 12, 2017, 12:57 pm IST
Legal action would also be initiated against the author, Dr Hansda Souendra Sekhar, an official release said.
Dr Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar said a story in his book ' The Adivasi will not dance' talks about how hunger pushes a girl to desperation. (Photo: Facebook)
 Dr Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar said a story in his book ' The Adivasi will not dance' talks about how hunger pushes a girl to desperation. (Photo: Facebook)

Ranchi: Jharkhand government on Friday banned the sale of a book, "The Adivasi will not dance", for allegedly hurting the dignity of Santhal tribal women.

Legal action would also be initiated against the author, Dr Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, an official release said.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das directed Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma to seize all the copies of the book and initiate legal action against the author.

The action was taken after a report on the book was published in a newspaper, the release said.

Earlier in the day, the matter was raised in the state assembly and the members demanded action against the writer.

Sekhar, 34, has been accused of writing porn in the book. Reacting to the allegations, he said one story – 'November Is the Month of Migration' – in his book is being depicted as pornographic, according to The Telegraph. However, the content talks about how hunger pushes a girl to desperation.

"She surrenders to a man for money as she wanted to eat something. Extreme poverty pushes many to desperation," he had said.

Sekhar, a doctor by profession, is the winner of a Sahitya Akademi Yuva award and his book that is facing heat was published in November 2015.

Location: India, Jharkhand, Ranchi




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