Malayalam author donates Sahitya Akademi prize money to Junaid’s family

By Staff Reporter

The face of Junaid, who breathed his last in the lap of his brother after he was lynched by a mob in Haryana, seems to have struck a chord with Malayalam author K P Ramanunni.

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The Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award winner, who is known for his secular stand and efforts to strengthen communal harmony, has donated his cash prize of Rs 99,997 to Junaid’s family. Ramanunni met Junaid’s mother Saira Begum after receiving the prestigious award in Delhi and handed over the amount to Junaid’s mother. Interestingly, the author kept Rs 3 with him, saying it’s the price of his award winning work Daivathinte Pusthakam (Book of God).

Ramanunni told media persons after handing over the amount that he was announcing that he is a real Hindu by helping family of a teen who was killed for being a Muslim.

“I am a real Hindu. And I want to declare it,” he said. The amount was handed over in the presence of Youth League leader C K Subair. Earlier, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) had given financial aid to Junaid’s family.