Indian MP demands arrest of writers reading banned novel at literature festival
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Indian Member of is demanding the arrest of writers who read excerpts from banned novel at the . "Reading from a banned book is a deliberate provocation and proof that the festival is a forum for Islam-bashing," Owaisi said.
Rushdie was due to attend the festival but backed out, alleging death threats from the Twitter he sought "to defy bigots".. British writer and many others read short passages from the book to support Rushdie despite efforts to stop them. Kunzru said on
Owaisi wants police to act under sections 153 A and 295 A of the, which deal with religious matters. Organisers of the event said they had no idea that Kunzru and others would act as they did. They added that any illegal action at the festival would not be entertained.
The Satanic Verses is controversial and is condemned by the Islamic community. Rushdie lived in hiding for years following the then Iranian spiritual leader, , calling for his death soon after the book's publication.
- "Salman Rushdie may not attend literature festival in India following widespread protests" — Wikinews, January 18, 2012
- 'Satanic Verses' reading at Jaipur Literature Festival: MP demands arrest of writers" — , January 21, 2012. "
- Jason Burke. "Fears for festival after Satanic Verses read out" — , January 22, 2012