Taslima Nasrin’s “Let’s Think Again about the Burqa” is most likely the article in question, and can be found here. It is full of irreverent observations such as: “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,” and: “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.”
This story has been going on for years, and demonstrates two important points: One is the fact that there can be no stable or prosperous society where anger management is in such short supply, aided by calls in the Qur’an for open-ended warfare against unbelief. The second is the fact that this sort of instability is what awaits Europe if it concedes even an inch on the right to criticize Islam.
“2 killed in Shimoga, Hassan violence,” from The Hindu, March 2:
SHIMOGA/Hassan: Shimoga and Hassan cities witnessed widespread violence on Monday following protests by Muslim organisations against the publication of an article in the Sunday magazine section of a Kannada daily.
The article is a translation of an essay by Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on wearing of the burka by Muslim women, and contains remarks that could be considered religiously insensitive and provocative.
Shimoga was by far the worst affected. The protests spiralled out of control, resulting in the death of two persons, one of them in police firing. Several persons were injured and there was large-scale destruction of property in different parts of the city. Police reports stated that at least 15 two-wheelers, three autorickshaws and a large number of shops in the main market areas were set on fire. It is stated that three persons with bullet wounds were admitted to the McGann Hospital in a serious condition. A person manning a telephone booth on Nehru Road was seriously injured when a petrol bomb was thrown at him. He was hospitalised in a serious condition.
Reporters and photographers were at the receiving end, in stone throwing by angry protesters, with several of them receiving serious injuries. A reporter of a TV news channel fell unconscious when a stone hit him in the chest. The situation in Shimoga continues to be tense despite the imposition of a curfew and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The police were taken by surprise by the sudden eruption of violence and could not bring the situation under control immediately as the force was inadequate.
The city continues to be tense. Schools and colleges have been ordered closed on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
In Hassan too, the district administration clamped Section 144 in the city for three days following the outbreak of violence, with schools and colleges, and the weekly market closed on Tuesday.
Superintendent of Police K.V. Sharatchandra said 10 persons, including four police personnel, were injured.