Taslima Nasreen scripted Bengali TV serial 'indefinitely deferred'

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New Delhi, Dec 19: Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has again hit the headlines as a TV serial in Bengali scripted by her has been 'indefinitely deferred' after Muslim groups' objection to it.

According to reports, producers of the TV serial- Dusahobas meaning "unbearable cohabitation"- have decided not to broadcast it as the Muslim groups claim that it will 'hurt the religious sentiments'.

As many as 22 Muslim organisations had opposed the telecast of the serial Dusahobas, which is reportedly based on 'women rights'.

However, the producers of the show maintains that the serial is based on women's empowerment and had nothing to do with any religion or community whatsoever".

The serial was scheduled to go on air on Thursday at 10 pm on "Aakash Aath" channel.

"The serial is based on women empowerment", according to serial producers.

The show's producers have mentioned at their Facebook page dedicated to the serial that "the telecast of 'Dusahobas' is set to get deferred indefinitely due to reasons beyond our control".

Here is their official Facebook post:

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Abdul Aziz of minority group Milli Ittehad Parishad said that they had written to the producers asking them to withdraw Taslima's name and reference from the serial and withdraw scenes which might create a controversy.

"We have been told that there are some scenes in the serial which might hurt our sentiments. Through this serial she is trying to come back to Kolkata. Therefore we have opposed this," Aziz said.

Taslima Nasreen, on whom a fatwa was issued in 1993 over her novel 'Lazza' (Shame), vent out her feelings on microblogging website Twitter.

Exiled from Bangladesh in 1994 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments with her novel Lajja, the doctor-turned-author had taken refuge in the city in 2004, after a long stay in Europe.

But after violent protests in the city in November 2007, the government took her away to an undisclosed location in New Delhi where she has been residing since then.

Here's what she has tweet:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Now channel censored my name frm all ads RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Msd_Porag">@Msd_Porag</a> why ppl frenzy abt ur mega.their problm is it's taslima's serial.that's all..poor ppl</p>— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) <a href="https://twitter.com/taslimanasreen/statuses/412988016676700160">December 17, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Lunatics demanding to ban my mega serial. TV channel asking for help.Government supporting lunatics. Intellectual hypocrites shutting mouth</p>— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) <a href="https://twitter.com/taslimanasreen/statuses/413210232869752833">December 18, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Kolkata is a city of hypocrites & cowards. Handful of lunatic fringe ban a TV mega serial. Nobody protests. <a href="http://t.co/PkPpfaOfu9">http://t.co/PkPpfaOfu9</a></p>— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) <a href="https://twitter.com/taslimanasreen/statuses/413181528944803840">December 18, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Muslim fanatics are minority among minority Muslims in India.But they rule.They decide which books,serials,films ppl shouldn't read or watch</p>— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) <a href="https://twitter.com/taslimanasreen/statuses/413290395938721792">December 18, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Kolkata TV channel stopped Dusahobas ad.All hoardings are brought down by police.An upcoming mega serial is banned bcoz it is written by me.</p>— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) <a href="https://twitter.com/taslimanasreen/statuses/413367436734644224">December 18, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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