`Taslima wanted to live in Delhi but govt refused`

Exiled controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen had come here in August to stay but the government refused permission, forcing her to leave the country, according to her website.

New Delhi: Exiled controversial Bangladeshi
writer Taslima Nasreen had come here in August to stay but the
government refused permission, forcing her to leave the
country, according to her website.

"She returned to India in August to see whether she can
live even in Delhi, if not Kolkata. But the Government of
India refused her appeal," says a posting on the website of
the author who is currently staying in the US.

It says that the Indian government extended her
residential permit "with a condition that she must not reside
in India. She was forced to leave India again."

In August, the government had extended her residential
permit for six months till February 16 next year.

Taslima has been seeking permanent residentship in the
country but the government is yet to take a decision in this
regard.

The doctor-turned-writer, who regards Kolkata as her
home, earlier had been expressing her desire to live in the
City of Joy.

She has been living in exile since 1994 after she was
forced to flee from Bangladesh in the wake of protests by
fundamentalists over her book `Lajja` which highlighted the
plight of Muslim women.

Taslima came to India in 2000 and had been living in
Kolkata before she was forced out about two years ago in the
wake of violent protests by fundamentalist groups against her
presence.

Since then she has been coming, staying for some time
at some undisclosed location and leaving.

Earlier, she had said that she plans to return to India
in January next year.

The feminist author also criticised Bangladesh government
for not allowing her entry into her motherland.

"She tried to go back to Bangladesh, but failed. The
government of Bangladesh continued violating her right to
return to her country," the website says.

Bureau Report