Sunday, February 18, 2007

Islamist Censorship Comes to India

Taslima Nasreen, a Bangladeshi writer, was forced to flee her native land in 1994 after a mass campaign by Islamists demanding her death. She has since settled in India. Recently, however, an article she wrote condemning the veiling of women has led a Muslim organization to demand Ms. Nasreen's expulsion from that country. Rediff has the details:

Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen's article in a weekly criticising the wearing of the veil by women has drawn the ire of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which on Thursday said that she should be thrown out of the country.

"The article written by Taslima in Outlook magazine was derogatory and outrageous." AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqi said, adding: "She should be thrown out of the country."

Farooqi said the AIMPLB will soon approach the external affairs ministry to seek Taslima's expulsion from the country where she has been living since she fled Bangladesh in 1994 after receiving death threats for her novel Lajja.

Actually, the only outrageous thing here is Mr. Farooqi's demand that someone be deported just because they wrote an article that offended him. Hopefully, the Indian authorities will dismiss this ridiculous complaint out of hand.

Link courtesy of Dhimmi Watch.


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