Today we will have a thread on the Sujato Bhadra case
The Sujato Bhadra vs State Of West Bengal was related to the ban on Taslima Nasreen's novel
Dwikhandita which was was the third volume of
Amar Meyebela written by the author;
The book was first banned in Bangladesh and then it was banned in WestBengal in 2003
by the Left Front Government fearing that book could incite communal discord .
The Courts lifted the Ban in 2005 via the judgement mentioned above .
Despite the ban being lifted Taslima Nasreen in 2007 announced that she was withdrawing some controversial writings from the novel as it had triggered violence, death threats and demands that she be expelled from India. This after she had already been forced to leave Bangladesh
While overturning the ban in the Judgement which can be read here the Judge said that
as the book written in the context of author's country of origin does not deliberately and maliciously intend to outrage the religious feelings of. any community of India, and since the theme of the book is the hapless condition of women in that country,
in our view, it does not come within the ambit of Section 295A of the IPC and, therefore, the order of forfeiture under Section 95 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. 1973 is unwarranted, cannot be sustained, and is, therefore, set aside.
The judgment also said that
the banning of the book called into question the sanity, catholicity and maturity of the socially aware followers of Islam in India, and was an insult to their understanding and spirit of tolerance.

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