Writers, journalists come out in support of author Perumal Murugan who quits writing

Chennai, Jan 21 (ANI): Tamil writers, publishers and senior journalists held a protest in Chennai in support of author Perumal Murugan after he quit writing as his novel triggered controversy. Murugan's novel 'Madhorubhagan' came under attack by casteist and Hindu outfits for allegedly being offensive to the local dominant caste. His decision to stop writing came through a post from his Facebook page where he said that he is dead and not going to write anymore. 'Madhorubhagan' was first published in 2010 in Tamil and then in English in 2013 under the title 'One Part Woman'. The novel is a fictional story of a poor, childless couple and how the wife, who wants to conceive, takes part in an ancient Hindu chariot festival where, on one night, consensual sex between any man and woman is allowed. Murugan has also asked his publishers not to sell or reprint any of his books and promised to compensate the loss they incurred. Protestors shouted slogans and conducted a signature campaign in support of Murugan. Jan 21, 2015

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