“Democracy has no meaning if such laws prevail. Secularism means separation of state from religion. But politicians interpret it as respecting all religions. In the process they protect the barbarism of religions,” she said while interacting with writer N S Madhavan during the release of her book ‘Split: A Life’ at DC Books Store Centre Square Mall on Monday.
“I think violent masculinity is the root cause of rape culture. Death penalty will not deter rapists. We should think about steps to change the mindset. The government should instead educate men on women’s rights. It is easy to kill a rapist. Men should understand women are also human beings and they have equal rights. If we educate men women are not mere sex objects and they have the right to a dignified life it will solve the problem,” she said.
On the Kathua horror, Taslima said it is sad to see such violent crime against children. “How can people rape and murder a small child? Nobody asks what made the men commit such atrocities against an eight-year-old child. When rapes happen people blame women for wearing skimpy outfits. What reason can they attribute to those targeting a child?. It reveals the mindset of the rapists. But at the same time it is good to see so many people taking to the street against the violent crime. It is the first time after the Nirbhaya incident a rape has evoked widespread outrage,” she added.
Taslima Nasrin also inaugurated one month long World Book Day Celebration at DC Books Store, Centre Square Mall Ernakulam. The launch of her latest title Spilt: A Life published by Penguin Books was held at the store. Her new, bold and evocative book, Split: A Life, opens a window to the experiences and works of one of the bravest writers of our times. The event concluded with a face to face session with N S Madhavan.
The session was followed by an Interactive session and book signing session where readers interacted with the author and got her autographs.