Rage over a custom

Print edition : January 23, 2015

The now-fenced-off free-standing rock at the edge of the hill where the Ardhanariswara temple is situated, in Tiruchengode in Tamil Nadu's Namakkal district. The belief was that if a woman walked around the rock she would be blessed with a child. Photo: M. Govarthan

Perumal Murugan. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

A Tamil novel that dwells on a custom of 75 years ago relating to childless women incenses elements of the Sangh Parivar but the Tamil literary world rallies round the author.
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