NEW DELHI: A controversial Bangladeshi author was sent to the Indian capital under armed escort Friday after authorities ordered her to leave western Rajasthan state fearing violence by Muslims who accused her of insulting Islam.
They should also stand up and say that this kind of violent intimidation will not be tolerated. But don’t hold your breath.
Taslima Nasrin, who fled Bangladesh in 1994 after Islamic extremists threatened to kill her, has lived in the eastern city of Calcutta for the last two years but left Thursday after members of the All India Minorities Forum led angry protests against her a day earlier and demanded her deportation from the city.
Idrees Ali, a forum leader, accused Nasrin of hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims through her writings.
Nasrin traveled from Calcutta to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, but the state government ordered her to leave because they feared she would attract more protests.
“She didn’t inform the government of Rajasthan before coming here and as she requires high security we asked her to leave,” Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria told reporters.