‘Superstitions thwart progress of society’

BHOPAL : Niyaz Khan, who recently made headlines after he expressed wish to spend time with gangster Abu Salem is in news once again.

Khan is posted as ADM in Guna district and is famous for voicing his views over religious and social matters.

Khan this time has come up with a novel ‘Talaq Talaq Talaq’ where the central character is married to more than one woman. He treats women as objects and keeps on divorcing women for getting married to another and at the age of 65 dies immediately after tying knot with a 16-year-old girl.

However, several voluntary organisations have started raising demand for the ban of this novel alleging it to have caused embarrassment to the religion. They are also seeking action against the officer for saying all this despite being a civil servant.

This is not the first time that Niyaz is in eye of controversy. His previous articles have also attracted much criticism from certain factions.

The story of his previous novel revolved around the dark secrets of ashrams which triggered protests by a few Hindu groups.

However, the protests could not dampen his spirit and Khan is all set to pen down other novels where he will target the malpractices prevalent in other religions.

“I do not feel, a bureaucrat is not allowed to utter his views as we are a democracy. I feel the superstitious beliefs in our religious structure will not only ruin lives of many, especially women, but also stop us from becoming a developed society,” Niyaz said.

“The issue of triple talaq, which is also pending in Supreme Court, I have mentioned in my novel. Those who find it offensive have not gone through it and are taking it out of context. We as a society should come forward against the malpractices if we really want to progress. Those accusing me of maligning religion should at least read the novel first,” he added.

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