Taslima returns to India, seeks visa extension

Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who was dramatically bundled out of West Bengal in November 2007 in the wake of protests by radical Muslim groups, has returned to India to seek extension of her visa.

New Delhi: Controversial Bangladeshi writer
Taslima Nasreen, who was dramatically bundled out of West
Bengal in November 2007 in the wake of protests by radical
Muslim groups, has returned to India to seek extension of her
visa.

The 47-year-old Bangladeshi writer, who has been a
target of Islamic fundamentalists, is currently staying at an
undisclosed destination, official sources said.

The future plans of the doctor-turned writer, who shot
into fame with her controversial book `Lajja`, were not
immediately known. Her visa is valid till February 16. She has
been requesting for permanent residency in the country but
the government has not taken any decision on the issue.

The writer had earlier expressed her desire to visit
Kolkata, which has been turned down saying radical elements
may try and harm her, the sources said.

Taslima had earlier left India on March 18, 2008, for
Sweden after she was kept at an undisclosed house here for
more than four months. She had not been allowed to see any
visitors during the period and described her confinement as
living in "a chamber of death".

Earlier, she was dramatically bundled out from West
Bengal in November 2007 in the wake of violent protests by
radical Muslim groups there.

Taslima has lived in exile in many countries including
France, Sweden, the US and India since leaving her home
in Dhaka in a cloak of secrecy in 1994. During her stay in
India in the last five years, she has periodically travelled
abroad with the last trip being in August 2009.

PTI