Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point
On Air
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Tuesday, January 26, 1999 Published at 09:25 GMT


World: South Asia

Taslima goes back into exile

A protest march demanding the death of Taslima Nasreet

By David Chazan in Dhaka

The day before she left for Sweden, Taslima Nasreen told friends that she had received telephone calls renewing the death threat against her by Islamic militants.

She had already been granted extra police protection when a hit list of secular Bangladesh intellectuals was seized from suspected militants accused of attacking a well-known poet with pickaxes last week.

Security sources say her name topped that list and also a second similar one found in the possession of another group of armed Islamic radicals arrested in a remote hill area a few days ago.

Taslima Nasreen first went into exile in 1994 after a fatwah, or Islamic edict, was issued calling for her death.

She became a target because she wrote about religious intolerance and demanded equality for women.

She caused particular anger when a newspaper quoted her as calling for the Koran, the Muslim holy book, to be rewritten to give women greater rights.

She returned to Bangladesh in September to be with her mother, who died of cancer this month.

She remained mostly in hiding, appearing in public only for a court hearing at which she was granted bail on five-year old charges of insulting religion.

Her friends say she became increasingly alarmed after the attack against the poet. Shamsur Rahman, and recent reports of increased activity by Islamic militants in Bangladesh.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia



Relevant Stories

25 Sep 98 | Talking Point
Should Islam allow more free speech? Your reaction

25 Sep 98 | South Asia
Bangladesh police hunt feminist writer

26 Jan 99 | South Asia
Exiled writer returns to Bangladesh





Internet Links


An open letter from Salman Rushdie to Taslima Nasreen


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Sharif: I'm innocent

India's malnutrition 'crisis'

Tamil rebels consolidate gains

From Sport
Saqlain stars in Aussie collapse

Pakistan fears Afghan exodus

Hindu-Buddhist conference in Nepal

Afghan clerics issue bin Laden fatwa

Culture awards at Asian festival

Gandhi pleads for husband's killer

UN condemns Afghan bombing

Gandhi prize for Bangladeshi