Writer arrested for FB post

IN Media Watch Briefs | 19/12/2016

Malayalam writer and theatre activist Kamal C. Chavara, alias Kamalsy Prana, was arrested in Kozhikode on Sunday for a Facebook post where he allegedly slighted the national anthem, reports The Indian Express. Chavara was charged with sedition under Section 124 (A) of the Indian Penal Code after members of the BJP's youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, complained to the police about his Facebook post. Reportedly, the post was an excerpt from his novel Smashanangalude Notepustakam. Chavara was preparing to seek anticipatory bail before the police arrested him. Last week 11 persons were arrested at the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram for not standing up when the national anthem was being played before a screening.

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