Dalit writer Kancha Ilaiah receives threats over his book, lodges police complaint

Well-known Dalit writer and intellectual Kancha Ilaiah has on Monday launched a police complaint alleging threat to life over his book on the Vysyas caste.

Kancha Ilaiah

According to his complaint registered at the Osmania University police station, Hyderabad, he received abusive and threatening calls from unidentified persons over his book ‘Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu‘ (Vysyas are social smugglers).

The police have registered a case under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and have begun investigations.

Protest meetings have been held in Hyderabad by various Arya Vysya associations according to whom the title of the book and some of its contents were “derogatory and demeaning” to the community. They have lodged a police complaint against Ilaiah but no case has been registered as the police is looking into the plaint.

In his complaint Ilaiah has said, “I feel terribly threatened with their abuses, phone calls and messages. They are doing fearful activities against me on the streets.”



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