25 March 2008


Threatened Bangladeshi feminist writer leaves India for Europe

Incident details

Taslima Nasrin

(WiPC/IFEX) - WiPC has been informed that Taslima Nasrin left India for Europe on 19 March 2008. WiPC continues to urge the Indian authorities to publicly condemn the violence and death threats against Nasrin.

Controversial Bangladeshi feminist writer Nasrin was placed under protection in a safe house in Delhi on 21 November 2007 following violent protests in her home town of Kolkata, West Bengal, by activists who accuse her of "offending Muslim sentiments' in her writings. Nasrin recently published an account of her deteriorating health and lack of access to medical care since her confinement in Delhi, in which she claimed to be planning to leave India to seek medical treatment in Europe. She left India for Europe on 19 March. WiPC has no further details.


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