According to the biography at Taslima Nasrin’s website, an organization called Soldiers of Islam issued a death fatwa against her in 1993 for criticising Islam, after which, as the article notes, she fled Bangladesh for India. “Throw Taslima out of India: Muslim law board,” from Rediff:
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.
Taslima, in her article titled ‘Let’s Burn The Burqa,’ criticised the wearing of veils and asked Muslim women to ‘throw away the apparel of discrimination and burn their burqas.’
Farooqi said Taslima’s article was written with the intention of hurting Muslim sentiments and was ‘highly objectionable.’ Taslima currently lives in Kolkata.
That “objectionable” article can be found here, and includes these observations:
Why are women covered? Because they are sex objects. Because when men see them, they are roused. Why should women have to be penalised for men’s sexual problems? Even women have sexual urges. But men are not covered for that. In no religion formulated by men are women considered to have a separate existence, or as human beings having desires and opinions separate from men’s. The purdah rules humiliate not only women but men too. If women walk about without purdah, it’s as if men will look at them with lustful eyes, or pounce on them, or rape them. Do they lose all their senses when they see any woman without burqa?
Some 1,500 years ago, it was decided for an individual’s personal reasons that women should have purdah and since then millions of Muslim women all over the world have had to suffer it. So many old customs have died a natural death, but not purdah. Instead, of late, there has been a mad craze to revive it. Covering a woman’s head means covering her brain and ensuring that it doesn’t work. If women’s brains worked properly, they’d have long ago thrown off these veils and burqas imposed on them by a religious and
What should women do? They should protest against this discrimination. They should proclaim a war against the wrongs and ill-treatment meted out to them for hundreds of years. They should snatch from the men their freedom and their rights. They should throw away this apparel of discrimination and burn their burqas.