Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati.
Meanwhile, nearly 100 writers took out a peaceful march in New Delhi on Friday to protest against increasing intolerance in the country, says an Indian media report.
Writers from across India gathered at Shri Ram Centre near Mandi House and marched towards Sahitya Akademi in the capital, wearing black ribbons on their heads as a sign of protest.
The writers said that the protest was to express their anger against the government for letting anti-social incidents happen and also to attract attention of the academy towards the increasing attacks on litterateurs.
“Freedom of expression and speech is currently being suppressed in the country. Whatever is happening in the country nowadays, people belonging to minorities and schedule caste feel insecure,” a writer said in the protest.
“The government must take some concrete steps to stop such incidents which shatter nation’s secular fabric. Sahitya Akademi should also pressurise the government and pass some resolution against increasing attacks on the writers,” the protester added.
Earlier this month several writers had returned their awards to register their protest against increasing intolerance in India. Another incident of attack on Dalits has been reported from Karnataka, where a journalism student was attacked for his writings against the caste system.
According to the Indian media, an unidentified person told the student, Huchangi Prasad, that his mother was in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. Prasad reportedly went with the man believing this to be true, but was later attacked by eight to 10 men.
The Hindu quoted Prasad as saying that the group pushed him around and smeared kumkum all over his face. “They pulled out a knife and said they will cut my fingers off so I can never write again,” he was quoted as saying. According to the report, Prasad has been facing threats since the launch of his first book, which had writings about the treatment of Dalits in the country.
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