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SC Clears Malayalam Novel ‘Meesha’, Says Craftsmanship Of Writer Deserves To Be Respected

SC Clears Malayalam Novel ‘Meesha’, Says Craftsmanship Of Writer Deserves To Be Respected
The Supreme Court on August 5th, 2018 dismissed a plea seeking to ban the book ‘Meesha’ for allegedly depicting Hindu women visiting temples in a derogatory light, saying "craftsmanship of a writer deserves to be respected".

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that a book must not be read in a "fragmented manner" but as a whole.

Taking up a petition filed by Delhi resident N Radhakrishnan, who had sought to omit excerpts from the Malayalam novel 'Meesha' (moustache) written by author S. Hareesh, the Bench said that  "Subjective perception about a book should not be allowed to enter legal arena with regard to censorship.”

Further, the Bench also said that the writer should be allowed to play with words like a painter who plays with colour.


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