Taslima wants govt to ease curbs on her movement
Sunday, 17 February 2008

Press Trust of India . Kolkata

After getting extension of her visa to stay in India, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on Friday said she was living a 'caged' life and asked the government to remove the curbs on her movement.

'My freedom of movement is severely curtailed. I cannot meet friends and fellow writers causing stress to my mind and health.

I have been told by officials that I will have to bear with this in future. I will have to lead this caged life if I have to live here, where I have decided to spend the rest of my life,' Nasreen told the news agency over phone.

The writer said she had been informed that there could be serious law and order problems if she was allowed to step out in Delhi or return to Kolkata, her home for the past few years.

Taslima said she had been told that 'ten people could die in Kolkata' if she was allowed to return there. The writer said she hoped that the government would restore her right of movement, which was a basic human right especially for a writer. 'I'm waiting for the government to let me return to Kolkata which is my home.' she said.

Scores of Muslims led by a radical cleric protested on Friday against India's decision to extend the visa of threatened Taslima, reports the Agence France-Presse. 'Taslima has hurt the sentiments of Muslims in India. She must be deported from India immediately,' Syed Nuroor Rehman Barkati, senior cleric at the Tipu Sultan mosque in the heart of the eastern city of Kolkata.

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