Former governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi said "hounding or destroying the identity or the writer's persona and intimidating psychologically is not consistent with democracy".
Rose Venkatesan, writer and film maker said "Freedom of expression in a democratic society shouldn't be disturbed at all"
The police and district administration came under attack for failing to protect the writer's freedom of expression. Perumal Murugan was forced to sign an agreement withdrawing his novel.
"The police, District Administration and the Chief Minister should intervene to stop this aberration", said senior journalist Shashi Kumar.
Women writers read excerpts from the novel asserting their freedom of expression.
Those who opposed the novel had said the book defames the women, and the temple in Tiruchengode.
Another author said, "I don't think there is anything anti woman. If there's anything its only the sexual freedom women experienced in his caste".
Rajathi Salma, a poet said, They want to control women and that's why they don't want to open this issue.
The state government has maintained absolute silence even a week after Mr Murugan withdrew his book.
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