Didn`t write for any K`taka newspaper: Taslima

Taslima denied writing an article for a Kannada newspaper which has led to violent protests.

Updated: Mar 02, 2010, 17:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen Tuesday said the appearance of an article in a Karnataka
newspaper purportedly written by her, which triggered violent
protests in Shimoga and Hassan towns, is a "deliberate attempt
to malign" her and "misuse" her writings to create disturbance
in the society.

Nasreen said in a statement made available to the media that she

never penned any article for a newspaper in Karnataka.

"The incident that occurred in Karnataka on Monday shocked
me. I learned that it was provoked by an article written by me
that appeared in a Karnataka newspaper. But I have never
written any article for any Karnataka newspaper in my life,"
she said.

Nasreen said, "The appearance of the article is atrocious.
In any of my writings I have never mentioned that Prophet
Muhammad was against burkha. Therefore this is a distorted

The author said, "I suspect that it is a deliberate
attempt to malign me and to misuse my writings to create
disturbance in the society. I wish peace will prevail."

The violence in Shimoga, the home town of Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa, left two persons dead, one of
them in police firing on Sunday.

> Nasreen, staying in an undisclosed destination due to
security reasons since her return to India last month, had her
visa extended recently by six months till August this year.

Replying to a question, she said she would not like to say
anything other than the statement issued by her.