Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen returns to India

August 8th, 2008 - 11:58 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Taslima Nasreen

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who was asked to leave India in March, returned to the national capital Friday and was taken to the house of a diplomat friend, official sources said. Taslima arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport after spending four months in Sweden and was immediately whisked away to the foreign diplomat’s house by security agencies, the sources said.

The government had reportedly told her that her visa, which expires Aug 12, would be extended but she won’t be given permanent residentship of the country.

“She has been asked not to give any proactive interview or write anything which hurts the sentiments of people of the country,” the sources told IANS.

Taslima, author of controversial book “Lajja”, was forced to leave India in March after spending weeks in a safe house in the capital. She was shunted out of Kolkata in November following massive protests over her stay in India and previous writings that criticise Islam and its treatment of women.

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