Indian novelist Arundhati Roy, winner of the Booker Prize, may face legal action over a speech she gave in 2010 regarding the Kashmir conflict after a senior official approved the plan, according to Indian media on Tuesday.One of the most well-known living novelists in India, Roy, 61, has sparked controversy at home with her activism and writing, particularly her sharp criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration.
Since it was first filed in 2010, a criminal case charging her and several other people of sedition had been pending in India's notoriously slow criminal justice system.
However, on Tuesday, news outlets in India claimed that V.K. Saxena, the top representative of the government overseeing New Delhi, had given his assent for the case to be heard in court.According to Saxena's direction, there was sufficient evidence to make a case to proceed against Roy and her codefendants “for their speeches at a public function” in the capital, The Hindu newspaper reported.
The original complaint accuses Roy and others of giving speeches advocating the secession of occupied Kashmir from India.Held-Kashmir is one of the most sensitive topics of public discussion in India, which has fought two wars and countless skirmishes with Pakistan over control of the territory.Tens of thousands of people, including Indian troops, militants and civilians, have been killed in the valley since an insurgency against Indian rule broke out in 1989. Roy’s home in New Delhi was besieged by protesters in 2010 when her remarks from the panel discussion became public.