Kochi, April 20: A Kerala artist has filed a written complaint with police, alleging that her house was pelted with stones late on Thursday night. Durga Malathi said the attack on her house in Pattambi, Palakkad, was part of backlash she was experiencing after her paintings over the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, were shared on Facebook. The paintings, showing Hindu symbols, drew a lot of criticism.
In a post on Facebook, written in Malayalam, Malathi said a group of people arrived at around midnight and started hurling stones at her house. “They threatened me with dire consequences…They said my drawings and paintings hurt their sentiments…but I cannot be stifled like this,” she wrote.
“What wrong have I done? I painted pictures of men who raped a small child. I had to go through the ignominy of explaining that the pictures were not against any religion…Those who use religion as a shield can say anything against anyone in this country. If I don’t get justice, I will have to believe that democracy was a big lie,” she wrote. She also shared a photo of her vehicle with a shattered windshield. Local police have registered a case and her security has been beefed up.