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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2008, 17:14 GMT
Bangladeshi writer 'exiled again'
Taslima Nasreen
Ms Nasreen had faced death threats in her homeland
Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has arrived in Europe to begin a new life, reports say, after protests by Muslim groups forced her into hiding in India.

"She has landed safely somewhere in Europe," a spokeswoman for the writers' group, Pen, told the BBC, adding that her exact location could not be given.

Ms Nasreen said earlier this week that her health had suffered as a result of spending time in hiding.

She fled her native Bangladesh in 1994 when her book attracted death threats.

After spending several years in Sweden, she moved to Calcutta, an Indian city close to Bangladesh where Ms Nasreen's mother tongue of Bengali is spoken.

She was moved from the city last November after Muslim groups staged violent protests, accusing her of having insulted Islam.

Property was damaged in the riots and at least 43 people were hurt.

Ms Nasreen has since lived in secret locations in the Indian capital, Delhi.

Earlier this week, she said she was preparing to leave India as her confinement had damaged her health.

She also accused the Indian authorities of encouraging her to leave the country.

Muslim anger

A spokeswoman for the Swedish office of international writers' rights group, Pen, told the BBC she did not know where Ms Nasreen eventually intended to settle.

"Taslima Nasreen is really a citizen of the world," Ms Maria Modig said.

Ms Nasreen rose to prominence in 1993 after her first book, entitled Lajja, or Shame, angered some of the country's Muslims.

The book argued that Bangladeshis had mistreated the country's Hindu minority.

A more recent novel by Ms Nasreen, Dwikhondito or Split in Two, was accused by some Muslim groups of causing offence to Islam.

She was also accused of calling for changes to be made to the Koran to give women more rights.

Ms Nasreen has vehemently denied making such remarks.

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