New Delhi: The exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has once again stoked a controversy by saying in Islam, kids are trained to belt a bomb and blow themselves up and young Muslim boys do plant bombs.
Citing the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing case, the author said, “In Islam, kids are trained to belt a bomb and blow themselves up, (therefore) such suspicion was obvious.”
“They (Chechen brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev) were also nice people who were brainwashed by followers of Islam. So they are suspects,” Nasreen told The Hindu and added, “It is true that white American kids carry firearms and are involved in massacres. But those kids are on their own…they are not brainwashed by Christianity. But the kids in Islam are brainwashed in the name of Islam by Boko Haram or ISIS — that is the difference.”
In another case she has come under fire for her tweets on a US school boy.
Defending her recent controversial tweet on the American school boy arrested for carrying a home-made clock-in-a-box to school, Taslima said the anxiety of his teachers “is not unfounded”, as per a report published in Hindu.
Ahmed Mohamed was arrested last week after a teacher thought the 14-year-old Texas boy had brought a “hoax bomb” to school.
He was later released and received massive outpouring of support.
“Ahmed is a nice boy, sharp and intelligent, but it is also true that young Muslim boys do plant bombs and thus I would say that the fear is not unfounded,” the author living in exile since 1994 said.
“If I could see Ahmed Mohamed’s home-made clock, I would hv mistaken his things for a bomb. Why ppl think Muslims can bring bombs? Cause they do (sick),” she tweeted.
If I could see Ahmed Mohamed's home made clock,I would hv mistaken his thing for a bomb. Why ppl think Muslims can bring bombs?Cause they do
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) September 16, 2015
Soon after her tweets went viral on Internet, Nasreen was lambasted on the social media. Thousands called her a “bigot.”
“(This is) how Taslima Nasreen earns her bread, in one tweet,” said a blogger.
However, many others backed her views, calling her a “nationalist Indian” who is a “follower of Sanatana (Hindu) Dharma.”