Dainik Jagran lit fest faces boycott over Kathua rape fake news

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Patna, April 21 (IANS) Several poets, writers, theatre activists and journalists have boycotted Hindi daily Dainik Jagran’s literature festival “Bihari Samvadi” on Saturday to protest against its repeatedly publishing a news story claiming the eight-year-old Kathua victim was not raped.

They have also appealed to fellow writers not to participate in the two-day event.

Bihari Samvadi, the first literature festival in Bihar, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here on Saturday.

A Patna-based literary organisation Jan Sanskriti Manch has appealed to people to boycott the event.

“Response to our call is more than expected,” Rajesh Kamal, a Hindi poet and writer, and convenor of Jan Sanskriti Manch, said.

Kamal said it was really disgusting that fake news was being used to change the narrative on a heinous crime.

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Noted Hindi poet Alok Dhanwa has boycotted the event, besides Sanjay Kundan, a Hindi poet and author, who said: “I am not attending Bihari Samvadi to express my protest against the fake news published by it.”

Nivedita Shakil, a Hindi poet and journalist, said it was shocking that a newspaper that published a fake news to falsify the Kathua rape case was even organising a literary festival like this here. “I have decided to boycott it.”

–IANS

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