Centre to provide security to Taslima

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New Delhi, Nov 22: The Home Ministry today said exiled Bangladeshi litterateur Taslima Nasreen, who is in India on a valid visa, would be provided security wherever she goes in the country.

''We are aware of the reports regarding Ms Nasreen and are catching on the developments in the matter. She is in the country on a valid visa and to whichever State she goes, she would be provided security, if necessary,'' a home ministry spokesman, said here.

Ms Nasreen, had shifted from Kolkatta to Jaipur last evening following threats given to her from different fundamentalist Muslim organisations in the State. However, she shifted to Delhi this morning after a night's halt in Jaipur.

Ms Taslima was attacked earlier this year in Hyderabad during a press conference. Her visa would expire on February 17. Her appeal for grant of an Indian citizenship is also pending with the Home Ministry.

The All India Minority Forum sponsored agitation over the Nandigram incidents in Kolkatta on Wednesday had also demanded for the deportation of Dr Nasreen from India. The AIMF in league with Jamait-e-Ulema-e-Hind and some other religious groups had been demanding deportation of the self-exiled Bangladeshi writer, who was living in the city since 2004, allegedly for defaming the Prophet of Islam in her novel 'Dwikhandito'(divided).


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