Tamil writer summoned for portraying Christianity poorly

June 8, 2015 by  
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Korkair novelChennai, June 5, 2015: A local court in Tamil Nadu has summoned Tamil writer Joe D’Cruz for portraying Christianity in bad light in his award-winning novel.

On a complaint alleging that the novel had portrayed fishermen, Christianity, priests and nuns in bad light, the Judicial Magistrate-II of Thoothukudi has directed him to appear before the court on June 12.

D’Cruz is in legal trouble for his Sahitya Akademi award-winning novel Korkair released in 2009.

“He has written as if promiscuity is prevalent among fisherwomen. His portrayal of Catholic priests and nuns has offended the faith. It caused me and others who have read the novel pain and anguish,” said V. Alangara Bharathavar, general secretary of the Meenavar Viduthalai Iyakkam in Thoothukudi.

Denying the allegations, D’Cruz said the complainant, instead of seeing the book published in 2009 as a work of creative literature, had culled out a few paragraphs and sentences from the novel to create an impression that it was against fishermen.

– the hindu

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