Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

Govt grants residential visa to writer Taslima Nasreen

taslima The writer had applied for a resident permit and the Home Ministry granted her the same type of visa but only for two months beginning August.
Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: August 2, 2014 3:41 pm | Updated: August 2, 2014 9:16 pm

Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen was granted a residential visa by the central government after she met Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier on Saturday afternoon.

She was previously refused a one-year visa by the government and instead given permission to stay in India for two months.

During the 20-minute meeting, Taslima requested the Home Minister that she be allowed to stay in India for a longer period, official sources said.

Initially, the 51-year-old writer had applied for a resident permit and the Home Ministry granted her the same type of visa but only for two months beginning August 1.

The controversial writer from Bangladesh has been living in self exile since 1994 in the wake of death threats by Muslim fundamentalist outfits.

Taslima is now a citizen of Sweden. She has been continuously getting Indian visa since 2004.

She has lived in the US, Europe and India in the last two decades. However, on many occasions she had expressed her wish to live in India permanently, especially in Kolkata.

The writer had to leave Kolkata in 2007 following violent street protests by a section of Muslims against her works.

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