A Bangalore based writer Yogesh Master has been arrested over his derogatory remarks on Lord Ganesha, in his Kannada novel Dhundi, which was released on August 21. A complaint was lodged at Police Station by various Hindu groups who blamed him of blasphemy and hurting religious sentiments.
Kalasipalya police did arrest him on August 29 evening from his resident the author from his residence at Mariyappana Palya Bangalore on Thursday,August 29 evening.
Sources say that Yogesh Master in his novel Dhundi: The story of a forester becoming Ganapathi states that Ganesha was born due to Parvati’s illicit relationship. This had outraged the public at large.
Hindu Organizations say that his book Dhundi portrays the relationship of Shiva-Parvati-Ganesh in a highly objectionable manner. They demanded the total withdrawal of book from the market and an unconditional public apology. News reports say that Yogesh had given a public apology , however he had justified his writing.
Following the Complaint, Bangalore police booked the writer under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and 298 (uttering words etc. with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings) of the IPC.
After spending a night behind the bars at the Kalasipalya police station, Yogesh was produced before the VIII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACCM) court, Bangalore, which granted him conditional bail. The court imposed restriction on the sale and exhibition of the novel.
Besides writing novels, Yogesh is also a painter and theatre personality.
His literary works include ‘Jojo Laali’, ‘Dooridhoori’, ‘Antarakshi’, ‘Shubha Raathri’, ‘Jeevana Sanjeevana’ and ‘Samanaanthara Rekhegalu’.