While Taslima Nasreen goes on to tweet that “men have to give up on misogyny to let half of human species live safely”, she initially reacts to the horrific incident of a man masturbating in a Delhi bus by saying that it should not seen as a “big crime” in the era of “rape culture”. “Men should rather masturbate, than rape and murder.
On her write-up in an online magazine over the killing of a Muslim labourer in Rajasthan, Nasreen denied that she had equated the Hindu community with terror group ISIS after the incident.
There are remarkable similarities in the seemingly conflicting arguments between TaslimaNasreen and MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel. They tend to revolve around a few strong beliefs: (a) There is only one form of Islam in India, (b) all Muslims are deeply religious; they follow Islam as an ultimate way of life and (c) reform or no reform, Muslims cannot be understood without Islam.
Protesters had also gathered outside a hostel where Nasreen was to stay during her three-day visit. Police said they had come to know that the writer was planning to visit the world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora besides other tourist spots in Aurangabad.
Nasreen, who is a citizen of Sweden, had received one year extension on her visa in 2016 too.
The bench was hearing the appeal filed by NGO ‘All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front’ for cancellation of Talima’s visa.
“I don’t think India is an intolerant country. Most of the people are quite tolerant for each other’s faith, I think”, she said at the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode.
The remarks of Taslima, living in exile in India, came a day after Chidambaram admitted banning Salman Rushdie’s novel ‘Satanic Verses’ by the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1988 was “wrong”.
The apex court had refused to entertain the plea and asked the NGO to approach the Delhi High court.
The 52-year-old writer’s visa was granted for a year with effect from July 23, a Home Ministry official said.
On Monday evening, Taslima tweeted, “Dear India, Since 2004 I’ve been receiving my resident permit before 17 Aug every year. You hvn’t extended my RP this yr. Never happened before.”
Churni Ganguly, the director of “Nirbashito”, says the acclaimed film is not based on the biography of controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.
Taslima Nasreen was left “speechless” after watching internationally-acclaimed Indian film “Masaan”.
The 52-year-old writer has been living in exile since 1994 in the wake of death threats by Muslim fundamentalist outfits.
Nasreen said that it was not the first time that her account had been deactivated.