From violence against women in crime novels to decoding the world of prolific Pakistani crime writer Ibn-e-Safi, the inaugural edition of Crime Writers Festival touches upon an array of issues shaping contemporary crime writing in India.Promoted by Siyahi, a literature promotion group, the two-day festival that began on January 17 and will continue till 18 will be held at the India Habitat Centre.The event is bringing crime and thriller writers from across the world to discuss the art of crime writing to see how it influences society. Touching upon a number of themes the festival pays an ode to this writing genre that is slowly gaining popularity among the masses. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival has been conceptualised by Namita Gokhale, co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, writer Kishwar Desai and the Crime Writer’s Forum of South Asia. Alka Pande, curator and historian, is donning the hat of creative director.Celebrated authors like Anita Raghavan, Mahmood Farooqui, Ashwin Sanghi, S.Hussain Zaidi and Jerry Pinto, among several others are discussing the world of crime fiction. In a session titled ‘Byomkesh Bakshi and the Bangla Bloodhound’, authors Zac O’ Yeah and Mukul Deva will be drawing distinctions between Indian and Western detective fiction. Along with these discussions, there will also be book-reading sessions and workshops at different venues.