NHRC writes to Home Secy, DP Commr on Taslima's security

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New Delhi, Feb 8 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today asked the Union Home Secretary and the Delhi Police Commissioner to provide their stand on a complaint alleging that controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen was undergoing solitary confinement, resulting in ''great agony'' to her.

The two have been asked to submit their respective stand to the NHRC within two weeks.

The Commission's move comes in the wake of the complaint submitted by a group of writers stating that Ms Nasreen was virtually undergoing solitary confinement.

The complaint alleged that she was not able to even converse or communicate with anybody except government officials and as such undergoing ''great agony''.

It further said the Bangladeshi author was entitled for protection of her life and liberty and there was no basis to treat her in that manner.

If true, the allegations seriously affect human rights, the NHRC said and directed that a copy of the complaint be provided to the two authorities for their comments.

UNI AG MSJ VC1740

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