Tamil writer Perumal Murugan, author of the controversial novel Mathorubagan was granted relief by the madras High Court on Tuesday. The court dismissed a plea submitted by Thiruchengode residents to initiate criminal proceedings against him. While ruling in the favour of the writer, the bench also quashed all criminal cases against the renowned author which compelled him to stop writing.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers and Artists Association president S.Tamilselvan has challenged a peace committee decision in which Murugan had agreed to withdraw copies of his book from the market. Expressing solidarity with the writer, who faced severe criticism through online and offline means, S Tamilselvan has also questioned the meeting organized by the district administration in Namakkal on January 12, 2015 in which the peace committee decision was taken.
The Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice Puspha Sathyanarayana nullified the peace committee decision and announced that the author has absolute freedom to publish his works.
The controversies regarding his novel arose after some Hindu groups filed cases against him citing that his novel Mathorubagan is inciting religious sentiments.
Following the controversies, he took it to the Facebook to declare that he stopped writing.
“Author Perumal Murugan is dead. He is no God. Hence, he will not resurrect. Hereafter, only P Murugan, a teacher, will live,” he posted on Facebook.
His book Mathorubagan which was firstly published in Tamil language had drawn much flak from local Hindus and from many Hindutva organizations for its controversial content.
The novel was based on the life a childless couple from rural Tamil Nadu. The story progresses as the wife takes part in an ancient Hindu chariot festival in the temple of the half-female god Ardhanareeswara. After taking part in the festival, where a consensual sex between men and women allowed for one night, the wife gets pregnant. The story also tells about how such a ritual destroys the marital relation of a couple.
The Ardhanareeswara temple has 11 festivals per one year and such rituals are still continue, reports said.
His book has been translated into English as “One Part Woman.”
While the Tamil copies of his book were completely removed from the market the English translation is still available.