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Pakur doctor’s book invites House ire

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The State Assembly on friday strongly objected to books written by Dr Hansda Shovendra Shekhar containing objectionable stories about Santhali women and demanded action against him.

The doctor is posted at Pakur and is author of The Mysterious Ailments of Rupi Baskey and The Adivasi Will Not Dance.

“The House is unanimous to act against the doctor. The content of his book is pornographic and could not be read by any civilised person. The Government has written to the DC for action. He would be booked under all the relevant sections. The book would also be banned and all copies of the book would be confiscated,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Saryu Roy in the Assembly and assured the members that the House would be apprised about the action taken on Saturday.

Earlier, JMM leader Hement Soren raised the issues as soon as the House convened in the morning.

“The book is extremely derogatory to the tribal women and put them in a very poor light. The novel should be banned and the doctor be arrested immediately. Otherwise looking at situation boiling over there we would not be able to control it,” said he.

BJP member Radha Krishna Kishore nodding to the demand appealed to the Government to file a case against Dr Hansda Shovendra Shekhar under SC/ST prevention of atrocities act and to remove him from the service.

The doctor, who has been awarded with ‘Sahitya Akadami Yuva Puraskar’ in 2015, is in the eye of the storm for the contents of the short stories collection titled as ‘The Adivasi Will Not Dance’.

Several protests and online campaigns have been conducted against the doctor for writing such as derogatory and highly sexual literature targeted against tribal women.

Later, Chief Minister Raghubar Das ordered CS Rajbala Verma to take legal action against the Medical Officer, who has written allegedly sleazy text on Santhal women.

The CM has also ordered to seize all the copies of his book titled – “The Adivasi will not dance’. Taking cognizance of a report published in a vernacular daily, the CM said that there will be complete ban on the publication and dissemination of the book that hurts the dignity of Santhal tribal women.

However, the district administration is mulling to seek explanation from the doctor, after which any action could be initiated. “He (Dr Shovendra) is on leave presently. When he comes back we will seek an explanation from him. He will be given a chance to present his case. Then only, anything can be decided,” said Pakur DC DK Jha.




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