SC refuses to ban novel ‘Meesha’, seeks translation – UKMALAYALEE

SC refuses to ban novel ‘Meesha’, seeks translation

Saturday 4 August 2018 1:52 AM UTC

NEW DELHI Aug 4: The Supreme Court has refused to stay the sale of ‘Meesa’ (The Moustache), a Malayalam novel that has been in the news for offending certain organisations in Kerala, pending further deliberations.

Hearing a public interest litigation filed by Delhi-based Malayali N Radhakrishnan, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked for a translation of the parts that the petitioner found objectionable.

The translation has to be submitted to the court within five days.

The novel, written by young novelist S Harish, had offended certain conservative Hindu organizations, who have unleashed a campaign against the author and the publisher.

The dialogue has been highlighted as being objectionable by some who believe that it shows women, especially upper caste Hindu women who go to the temple every day, in a poor light.