BJP demands political refugee status for Taslima Nasreen

November 25th, 2007 - 9:16 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov 25 (ANI): Coming down heavily on the West Bengal and the UPA governments, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today demanded that a political refugee status should be given to controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen who been has moving from one place to another for a safe haven.
“She is entitled to all rights which have been given to the Tibetan refugees,” the BJP said in a statement issued here today.
The party further said that Taslima was a victim of religious persecution in Bangladesh, adding that to eject a refugee under pressures from religious groups is to submit to Islamic fundamentalists.
“The harassment of Taslima by the West Bengal Government has thrown up an important question as to how a victim of persecution is treated by a civilised state in which the victim seeks a refuge as an asylum,” the party statement said.
“A victim of political persecution is being persecuted further since fellow travelling with fundamentalism wins vote banks. The irony of this issue is the customary silence of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Central Government,” it added.
Commenting on the developments of Nandigram, the party said that it has shown to the whole country the real, ugly and fascist face of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
“The CPI-M is hostile to any form of dissent and criticism. To use the political cadres as an instrument of repression on dissidents is unprecedented,” the party said.
On Thursday Taslima had to leave her home in Kolkata and boarded a flight to Jaipur in a burqa, after her presence in the West Bengal capital sparked violent protests in the city.
However, the Rajasthan Government also cited security reasons and sent her to the national capital within hours after she had reached Jaipur.
The Centre has assured full protection to her.
Nasreen’s visa to stay in India is valid till February 17, 2008, and she has been living in exile for more than ten years.
Since the 1990s, Nasreen has faced numerous threats from Islamic groups for her writings. Recently, activists of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) at a book release function in Hyderabad attacked her.
The European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought in 1994. (ANI) (ANI)

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